Joakim Ojanen concentrating on a metal sculpture which he is handling

Joakim Ojanen

Familiar feelings expressed as endearing, tragicomic figures.

“The characters I’m making are all my previous selves. They are both eight years old and thirty years old at the same time.”

Ojanen’s creatures are surreal and deeply human at the same time. Each has a life of its own made up of droopy, worm-like expressions, bugged eyes, and odd flappy growths. Depicted across sculpture, painting and drawing, Ojanen uses a palette of pastel hues occasionally punctured by bursts of bright colour. The works contribute to the eclectic international resurgence of ceramics in contemporary a...

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Joakim Ojanen was born in 1985 in Sweden, where he continues to live and work.


Ojanen left behind the beginnings of a career in animation and video production when he began to feel that commercial projects were dampening his creativity. In the years since, an uninhibited and eccentric, internationally-acclaimed practice has blossomed.

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While centred on the artist's own memories and emotions, his works also draw inspiration from an enduring passion for rap music by artists such as Drake, Wu-Tang Clan and Young Thug.

Collaborations with Joakim Ojanen