Bio

Johnny Ramstedt (°1970, Borgå, Finland) makes paintings and sculptures. By applying abstraction, Ramstedt formalizes the coincidental and emphasizes the conscious process of composition that is behind the seemingly random works. The thought processes, which are supposedly private, highly subjective and unfiltered in their references to dream worlds, are frequently revealed as assemblages.

His paintings doesn’t reference recognisable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. By experimenting with aleatoric processes, he creates intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles.

His works feature coincidental, accidental and unexpected connections which make it possible to revise art history and, even better, to complement it. Combining unrelated aspects lead to surprising analogies. Johnny Ramstedt currently lives and works in Helsingfors.

Johnny Ramstedt received Grönqvistska foundations scholarship 2016

Statement

"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."


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