Hilma af Klint Biography
(Swedish Artist and Mystic Best Known for Her 'Temple' Paintings)
Birthday: October 26, 1862 (Scorpio)
Born In: Solna, Sweden
Hilma af Klint was a well-known Swedish painter and a spiritualist, best known for her ‘Temple’ paintings. Raised in Stockholm in the late nineteenth century, she inherited a deep interest in botany from her family, which was further sharpened by her summer trips to the family manors. Very soon, she became keen both in visual art and in spiritualism and began attending séances from the age of seventeen. At thirty-four, she formed ‘De Fem’ with Anna Cassel, Cornelia Cederberg, Sigrid Hedman, and Mathilda Nilsson in order to establish contact with the world of spirits, eventually being able to make contact with the “High Masters”. It was through these séances that she was first introduced to automatic drawing. Quickly, she began experimenting with that, inventing a geometric visual language that slowly developed into what we now call abstract art. Although she did not receive her due recognition during her lifetime, she is now considered one among the first abstract artists.