“Art should reach all of us. We should feel it wherever we work and live, so we can be cheered up by a glimpse of a fantasy universe.”

Born Copenhagen and raised in rural Jutland, Denmark, Mette Rehne earned a degree in fashion design and founded her own company in Copenhagen, where she worked for several years. But in the mid-seventies, her life was transformed, and she lived for long periods in Beirut, Cairo, Rome, and Paris.

Inspired by her time in the Middle East, Rehne started painting while living in Rome. It wasn’t long before she started exhibiting her works in French galleries, and by using her professional background in organizing large quantity productions, she transformed her colourful artistic works into industrial productions with products such as tins, napkins and placemats for several large retailers in Denmark and abroad.

Rehne is an artist as well as a storyteller. She has, amongst other things, worked with themes from H. C. Andersen’s famous fairytales and Karen Blixen’s symbolism-filled novels. 

In addition to her paintings, Rehne has always done illustrations for Danish public institutions, tourism agencies and corporations. She received the English Packaging Award for her original designs of art canisters.