Inas akvareller | watercolour, akvarell
watercolour, akvarell, Ina Schuppe Koistinen
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A Bit About Me

To paint has become a necessity for me – I experience the world around me as objects to paint, collect and rework. It gives me pleasure to catch those inner and exterior landscapes on paper, recreating the feelings and impressions for others and for myself. In my daily work in biomedical research at Karolinska Institutet and the Science for Life Laboratory I am confronted with questions and solutions requiring long and systematic work. Watercolour painting confronts me with the challenge of spontaneous decisions. For me, the beauty of watercolour paintings is in the transparent medium, the power of water moving pigments and the stroke brushes, that are irreversible. Painting forces me to focus and be present in the very moment the brush hits the paper.


While persuing my research career I have received an education in art at a number of art schools and by attending independent courses. During the past 15 years I have specialized in watercolour painting combining my interest in science and art. This has resulted in a number of exhibitions at research institutes, such as Karolinska Institutet and at different art galleries in Stockholm.


My paintings of mitochondria have been published in Dr. Nick Lanes book “Power, Sex and Suicide –mitochondria and the Meaning of Life” (2005) and in the journal Science (2006, 311:5769). In 2010 I participated in an exhibition on “Mitochondria and energy conversion” together with Odra Noel and Colin Rennie at the Medical Research Council in Cambridge. Furthermore, my painting “visible biomarkers” has been selected for the cover page of the book “Biomarkers: In Medicine, Drug Discovery and Environmental Health” (Wiley, 2010). In 2012 I was invited to exhibit my scientific art at the Stockholm Waterfront Conference Center. In addition, my paintings have been used to illustrate scientific presentations and publications and are displayed at many research labs and private collections around the world.


I live in Stockholm, Sweden and work in my own studio. If you are interested in my paintings please contact me via email or phone.

Contact me

tel: +46-733 542095

Using images of my paintings for non-profit activities…

If you would like to use any of the paintings from my homepage to illustrate your research in presentations, printed materials such as a doctoral thesis, scientific posters or similar, please contact me. If you are an academic researcher or represent a non-profit organization I will not request any payment, providing that you ask for permission and acknowledge the origin of the work by adding my name and linked or next to the image used.


If you would like to purchase a painting please contact me. I am also happy to take orders for scientific illustrations or decoration of public buildings.