Ylva Ceder is well known for her detailed paintings of everyday environments and situations. Usually it is places that most of us have visited or passed-by, like a movie theater, a hot dog stand or a dentist practice. The world of Ylva Ceder is calm, almost desolate. At the same time, you can always feel the human presence, not always pictured in the works but represented by objects or light. In the manner of Edouard Vuillard or Pierre Bonnard, Ylva Ceder’s paintings cover the entire pictorial space although her style combines impressionistic brush marks with realist perspective. In her recent series Ylva Ceder has left the everyday settings and focused on interiors of traditional houses in the Swedish county’s Dalarna and Hälsingland and medieval churches in Uppland, all of which are richly decorated. Instead of the decoration and Biblical imagery which would adorn the furnishings, Ceder's wall-paintings, rugs and cabinets have corresponding ornamentation from the Middle East. A sort of confluence of imagery.
Ceder was born in 1976 in Lund, Sweden. She received an MFA from Konstfack University College of Arts, Craft and Design, Stockholm in 2007. She has exhibited internationally and widely throughout Sweden, including solo exhibitions at Passagen, Linköping and Rättviks Konsthall. Her works are represented in private and public collections including Malmö Konstmuseum and Katrineholms Konsthall. She lives and works in Stockholm.