Interview: Hans Johansson
Luca Curci talks with Hans Johansson during FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES, the second appointment of BORDERS ART FAIR 2021, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello, and VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2021 at Misericordia Archives.
“I am born in the north of Sweden but nowadays I’m living in a little village outside the university city of Lund, in the south of Sweden. I am educated in several art Schools, the latest was 5 years at The Royal College of Art in the capital of Sweden, Stockholm. I have made exhibitions in New York at Broadway Gallery, and at Florence Biennial in Italy, I have participated in the Drawing Biennial in Pilsen 3 times, and I was the winner of Saatchi Showdown 2009 round one. There are many more exhibitions that I participated in both in Sweden and abroad. I am represented with my art in several Museums in Sweden such as the Modern Museum of Art in Stockholm. Internationally I am represented at the British Museum in London and World Gallery of Drawings, in Skopje, Macedonia for example. Before I started my art education I was working in a classical style, but nowadays my work has become more modern. I am working with painting, graphics and drawing. In the painting, there is a wide range of possibilities to express my intentions. When I am working with the graphics, I can work more with the drawing. The drawing is always the basis for my works. My painting is colorful and I never get bored on experimenting with them. In my artistic work, the most important thing is to create an emotional experience. Experiences that can inspire people to new ideas and create curiosity. I am fascinated by what I see around me, the environment, my dreams and also of course what I see in art exhibitions and in museums. But the historical perspective of the mysterious myths in the imagination that humans have created is also significant. Both historically and in our time”.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Hans Johansson – Art is the replacement for the reality that is unattainable.
LC – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
HJ – At first, I was influenced by classical art but nowadays I’m also influenced by modern art.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
HJ – I’ll find much inspiration in books but also by the reality we are living in.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
HJ – It is wonderful of being an artist and some economic problems sometimes occur.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
HJ – Yes, my style in art has changed through the years as mentioned above it is more modern now.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? How did it inspire you?
HJ – The festival has inspired me very much especially in my work.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
HJ – Yes ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for the artists.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
HJ – Yes, I enjoy cooperating with you. Go on with the ITSLIQUID platform!