The Finnish photographer Denise Grünstein (1950–2023) was born in Helsinki, was permanently based in Stockholm. Denise’s images are easily recognizable for their characteristic, intensely present and highly personal, quite romantic artistic expression. Considered one of Sweden’s foremost portrayers of people; models, actors, dancers, directors or authors, she had a unique ability to imprint her own feelings and temperament on film.
Reoccurring themes are the beautiful, horror, and the borderline between fantasy and reality. She was often influenced by nature, painting and sculpture and one can often see references to the art history in her photography.
Grünstein has been among other places exhibited at Moderna Museet and Millesgården in Stockholm, Hasselblad Center in Gothenburg and Kiasma in Helsinki Finland.