Maria Hedlund was born in 1961 in Västerås, Sweden. She lives and works in Stockholm and Berlin. Hedlund studied at the School of Photography and Film at Gothenburg University.
Selected solo exhibitions include Elastic Gallery, Stockholm (2015, 2014); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2006); Sundsvalls Museum, Sundsvall, Sweden (2003) and Kunstverein Langenhagen, Langenhagen, Germany (2002). Group exhibitions include Kohta, Helsinki (2018-2019); Onomatopee, Eindhoven, Holland (2017); Artipelag, Stockholm (2014); Kunstverein Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany (2006); and Borgovico33, Como, Italy (2006); and Rooseum, Malmö (2005). Hedlund represented Sweden during the 11th Sydney Biennale in 1998. She has also created a public artwork for the Tranströmer Library (Tranströmerbiblioteket) at Medborgarhuset in Stockholm.
Hedlund is a Senior lecturer in Visual Arts at the Malmö Art Academy in Malmö, Sweden.