Johnny Ramstedt (°1970, Borgå, Finland) is an artist who mainly works with media art. By manipulating the viewer to create confusion, Ramstedt creates intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles.
His media artworks are based on formal associations which open a unique poetic vein. Multilayered images arise in which the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality is questioned. By choosing mainly formal solutions, he tries to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels, which incite the viewer to make new personal associations.
His works are on the one hand touchingly beautiful, on the other hand painfully attractive. Again and again, the artist leaves us orphaned with a mix of conflicting feelings and thoughts. By applying abstraction, he often creates several practically identical works, upon which thoughts that have apparently just been developed are manifested: notes are made and then crossed out again, ‘mistakes’ are repeated.
His works doesn’t reference recognisable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. Johnny Ramstedt currently lives and works in Helsingfors.
Johnny Ramstedt received Grönqvistska foundations scholarship 2016
Art history studies at University of Helsinki.
"I have during the last few years brought my art to various locations. This is part of my artistic way to work and to give everything a chance. To experience art there should be no additional hurdles. I think the same way about my creative process. The art is created after many inner thoughts and developments in the mind, the outcome is free and naturally. Freedom is for me also very central. In the creative process it is what comes out randomly that allows the freedom but is also a challenge for the feeling."