Maria Högbacke (b. 1982, Stockholm, Sweden) Visual artist based in London. Graduated 2010 from Royal Academy Schools and 2007 from Slade school of Fine Art. She makes colourful ‘semi-abstract’ paintings of collected visual impressions from everyday life and imagination. Altered through the process of memory the pictures reappear in a more subjective and personal attire. Högbacke is fascinated by the sensory experience of colour and basic geometrical forms with charged symbolic associations. The layered, rough surfaces are derived from a slow process of finding and unravelling an image and its constant push and pull. For Högbacke painting becomes a process of reinvention and of rethinking, where each work reacts against and references the preceding. The paintings are remarkably still and silent yet expressive.