Gunnel Wåhlstrand lives and works in Stockholm. In 2003 she graduated from the Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm. She has been honoured with a number of grants from prestigious organizations including The Swedish Arts Grant and the Maria Bonnier Dahlins Stiftelse. In 2006 she had a solo exhibition at Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall and in 2008 she completed a permanent commission for the entrance of the Scania and Blekinge Court of Appeal, in Malmö, Sweden.
Wåhlstrand has had solo exhibitions in numerous institutions such as The Nordic Watercolour Museum, Skärhamn, Sweden (2013); Uppsala Art Museum, Uppsala, Sweden (2013); Parasol Unit for Contemporary Art (with Cecilia Edefalk), London (2011). Her recent group exhibitions include Tendencies 2013. Tenderness, Galleri F15, Moss, Norway (2013); Nordic-by-New York, ASF Scandinavia House, New York, USA (2011); 17th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2010); Samtidigt: Svenskt måleri på 2000-talet, Borås konstmuseum, Borås, Sweden and Passagen Linköpings konsthall (2009).
Her works are held in prestigious private and public collections including The Culture Board of Gothenburg, Sweden; Uppsala County Council, Sweden; Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art, Stockholm, Sweden; Malmö Art Museum, Malmö, Sweden; Maria Bonnier Dahlins Stiftelse, Stockholm, Sweden; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; The National Public Art Council of Sweden; The Nordic Watercolour Museum, Skärhamn, Sweden; The UBS Art Collection, Zürich, Switzerland; Uppsala Art Museum, Uppsala, Sweden among others.