ARTIST STATEMENT
Every painting I create embodies a triumph over the chaos in my mind. It’s most visible in the first step I take with each picture, which is wild and improvisational. But instead of trying to erase the chaos, I find a way for it to make the design more compelling. Each successive layer deliberately builds to a fully thought-out resolution. In this creative process I explore deeper connections to the wonder of existence. I firmly believe that each image somehow animates a real thought, emotion or question. Learning to interpret these meanings helps me to live in closer harmony with myself and the world, and I hope I can inspire others find their own way. I also think a painting should be a truthful reflection of the challenges in life, and it can function as a way to overcome them. In embracing the task of creating something surprising in abstract painting I continually arrive at unusual solutions. Pushing into the strange and unfamiliar requires determination, but it’s the best way forward. All the while, I keep sharpening my senses. What parts of me will these painted scrawls give voice to? And how will those who receive these expressions connect them to their own experience? 
BIOGRAPHY
Björn was born in Nürnberg, Germany in 1980. At 8 years old, he moved with his family to the Philippines and spent the rest of his childhood in Southeast Asia, including Cambodia and Malaysia. He has been drawing for as long as he can remember, as nearly everything that interested him became inspiration for an image. He moved to Oklahoma in 2000, and graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelors in Fine Art and Education in 2005. Holding his first solo exhibit at IAO gallery in Oklahoma City in 2006, he continued to regularly show his work, along with teaching high school art for twelve years. In 2019 he earned his MFA in painting from the University at Albany in New York, and now lives in Munich, Germany.
Exhibition Record
Solo Exhibitions
2014 Victory in Loss, DNA Galleries, Oklahoma City, OK
2014 Resurrection Body, Jann Jeffrey Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK
2013 There Must be a Reason, AKA Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK
2012 Tensions, AKA Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK
2008 611 Creative, Oklahoma City, OK
2006 Above Within, IAO Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK
Selected Group Exhibitions
2020 Biennale Blau 2020, Dießen, Germany
2019 In-Faux Structure, Opalka Gallery, Albany, NY
2019 Interpretation, Lapham Gallery, Glens Falls, NY
2019 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, University Art Museum, University at Albany, Albany, NY
2019 Metamorphosis, Van der Plas Gallery, New York, NY
2019 Neoteric Abstract VII, Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY
2018 120° Intercollegiate Regional, Capital Region Arts Center, Troy, NY
2017 Flatstock Poster Art Expo, Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago, IL
2016 Flatstock Poster Art Expo, SXSW, Austin, TX
2013 Group Exhibit, Istvan Gallery, Oklahoma City, OK
2013 Weapon of Choice, Hero Complex Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2009 Momentum 2009, Oklahoma City, OK
2008 Momentum 2008, Oklahoma City, OK
2007 Momentum 2007, Oklahoma City, OK
2006 Momentum 2006, Oklahoma City, OK
2005 Momentum 2005, Oklahoma City, OK
2005 Mad Addicts Tea Party, Art Space at Untitled, Oklahoma City, OK



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