With a mother from Sweden and a father from Nigeria, I was born in London and grew up in Stockholm. I did my art studies in Florence, Italy, and was active as a sculptor in Pietrasanta for many years. I now live in Stockholm, and my studio space is situated in Alfred Nobels historic Dynamite Factory.
2023 | Most Recent Work
Solo Exhibition ”Yemisi Wilson Sculpture in stone and bronze” Konsthallen ABC, Vällingby, Stockholm, Sweden.
Group exhibition in the historical lime kiln at the Island Oaxen, outside Södertälje, Sweden
Rosendahl Garden Party, Royal Djurgården, Stockholm. Sculptures in marble are exposed in the outdoor area of the festival.
Exhibition on the island of Oaxen in Ettan’s lime kiln.
“Ancestors” Solo exhibition at Galleri Artsight, Stockholm.
Galleri Nord, Örebro, Group Show. Yemisi’s sculpture is shown with Paintings by Arjuna Geir Aasehaug (November).
Horisont Hospital, Ulleråkers: invited to do a weeklong body of work at this ex-mental asylum which today is a cultural site. Subject: Augusta Strömberg in marble as well as a memorial plaque in marble for the deceased patients in the cemetery.
Landsort Skulpturön. Showed two hippos in concrete by the water and a head in gray granite
Oaxen, 26 sculptors exhibit in Ettan’s lime kiln on the island of Oaxen,(July).
12 Sculptors from the Sculptors’ Association exhibit at Ekebyhov Castle’s park and gallery (June).
Research week for 10 artists at Horisont Hospital, Ulleråkers Hospital Uppsala, through Konstfrämjandet Uppland and Uppsala Municipality.
“Dialogue” The solo exhibition at Gallery Studio Animar
Flat Octopus, Exhibition Case presents: “When will this end?” by Yemisi Wilson
Knivsta Municipality acquires a bronze hippopotamus and a horse head in yellow marble from Siena to be placed outdoors in the public space.
Uppsala Municipality acquires a marble rhinoceros for a school in Gottsunda.
Solo Shows: ‘Dialogue’ Solo exhibition at Gallery Studio Animar, Gamla stan, Stockholm. Galleri T, Stockholm; ‘Sculpture in marble and bronze’ Yemisi Wilson – Solo Show.
Group show: Winter exhibition at Konstnärshuset in Stockholm-
Solo Show: Gallery T, Stockholm. Stone- Charcoal and Bronze.
2018 - 2015
- Gallery Erik Axl Sund, Stockholm, Duo exhibition together with the photographer Lars Säfström.
Group shows SKF’s Spring exhibition at Konstnärshuset, Stockholm.
- Winter Exhibition at The Artist House, Konstnärshuset, Norrmalmstorg, Stockholm, Sweden.
- MuSA, Museum of Sculpture and Architecture, Pietrasanta, Italy.
- Gallery Bachleichner, “Summer Exhibition”, Bergdietikon, Zurich, Switzerland.
- “Art in the Green Box” Gnesta Konsthall, Sweden.
- “Art and Ecology” Lokstallet, Strömstad, Sweden.
- 2016 “Up on the walls” Udden Sculpture, Hunnebostrand, Sweden.
- 2016 “Some Big Five” Separate exhibition at Gallery Artspace, Varberg, Sweden.
- “To be touched” 40 years Jubilee Exhibition of the Swedish Sculptors Society. Konstnärshuset, Norrmalmstorg, Stockholm, Sweden.
When I get to Vinterviken, where Yemisi Wilson has her studio, the sun is at its zenith and the noise of the city seems remote. A creative murmur has replaced it, and Yemisi is standing outside wearing a protective mask, holding her grinder at the ready. Once inside, we have coffee and talk about a coming exhibition. And about stone. Yemisi’s knowledge of the subject is profound, and she eagerly shares it with others. The studio teems with figures in everything from yellow marble from Sienna to sandstone and gray granite. Their scale runs from miniatures to the monumental. Yemisi’s sculptures are figurative; the works tend to manifest naturalistic precision – something that’s extra clear in her animal portraits. Here there’s an evident connection to the classical Italian heritage in sculpture, which she is also trained in. She finds it difficult to work with conceptual ideas and avoids sullying her art with theoretical frameworks. In her work with human portraits in porphyry, she abandoned the outright figurative in favor of a dialog with abstraction.