"Torild Stray is a painter of materiality and immateriality. She paints the ethereal presence of people. Her images of humans are never what they seem. Ordinary is not her vocabulary. Auras of the intangible are suspended invisibly near real and tangible figures and objects. Stray´s search for the perceptual contains an imagination of the spiritual. She paints obsessively, with a passion, for the unattainable presence of a tenuous world. She is a true painter. "Torild Stray (1964) vision, commitment and work as an artist have broughtcritical acclaim as well as a strong international following of collectors.She has been the recipient of many awards, scholarships and stipends,including The Agnes Gund (MoMa) Award, New York Times Scholarship,The Scandinavian Society Cultural Award, The Charles Revson Fellowshipand a fellowship with The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council World ViewsArtist in Residence Program where she had a studio high up in the northtowers formerly known as One World Trade Center.Stray recently had a a one person Show at Oslo Gallery (Norway), a largesurvey exhibition at the Oseana Art & Culture Centre (Norway), a drawingperformance an on site at the Armory Art Basel (New York). Her work hasbeen on view at Michael David & Co Gallery (Brooklyn, New York), DNAArtist Residency (Provincetown, USA), Sy Mishkin Gallery, Baruch College(New York), Pristine Galleria, (Mexico), the Governors Island Art Fair (NewYork), Bergen Contemporary Art Project (Norway) and the National September11 Memorial & Museum (New York).Her work is held in the collections of the New York Federal Reserve Bank,The Birger Mowinckel Collection (Norway), Grieg Art Foundation (Norway),the National September 11 Memorial & Museum (New York) and numerousPrivate Collections.She attended The University of Bergen, The Nordic School of Art in Finlandand was accepted at Valand Art Academy in Sweden and The New YorkStudio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, where she completedher studies. Stray currently resides and has an active studio in Bergen anddivides her time between Norway and New York.