Historical accounts, mythological material and works of fiction together form the central points of departure for Danish visual artist Cathrine Raben Davidsen. Using and juxtaposing references from cultural traditions, ancient histories of craftsmanship, the great masters of European art history as well as the current social and philosophical thinking of our own time, Raben Davidsen explores the essential traits of human nature. The predominant topics in her practice are life, death, and transformation. Working primarily with painting, drawing, printmaking, and ceramics, she incorporates animals, figures and narrative tropes from classical mythology and folk tales.
Cathrine Raben Davidsen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and lives and works in Copenhagen. She received her MFA from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Prior to this she studied at Instituto Lorenzo de´ Medici, Florence and at Vrije Akademie, The Hague. Her work is represented in numerous prominent museum collections and institutions, including The National Gallery of Denmark, Horsens Art Museum, Trapholt Museum for Modern Art and Design, Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg, The Danish Art Foundation and The New Carlsberg Foundation. Raben Davidsen has exhibited widely in Denmark and abroad, worked on extensive commissions and has made set- and costume design for The Royal Danish Ballet. She has been awarded many prestigious prizes and grants such as the Anne Marie Telmányi born Carl Nielsen Honorary Grant, the HH Bruun Honorary Grant, the Niels Wessel Bagge Art Foundation and the Danish Arts Foundation. In 2015 she was appointed Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog by Her Majesty The Queen of Denmark. Cathrine Raben Davidsen is represented by Nilufar Gallery, Milan and The Future Perfect, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.