Martine Johanna

by Wednesday, May 10, 2017


Martine Johanna is an artist mostly known for her vivid paintings with both figurative and abstract elements. Her autobiographic works, seemingly light hearted, explore the duality between youthful naivety and anxiety-riddled adulthood. The often female figures, fierce but fragile, crowd the compositions and occupy the majority of the space gazing distractedly into the beyond. Each of the delicately rendered figures convey a sense of full immersion within their own “internal psychic landscape.”


The work is imbued with a mysterious narrative and sensation of knowing that each character in the work has a full and complex history that the viewer can never fully comprehend. The paintings have a signature prismatic palette, visually stimulating and playful while expressing an underlying sense of uncertainty and unrest. Martine Johanna has had international success exhibiting extensively in the Netherlands and abroad. A background in fashion design has influenced her depiction and ease with the female figure.


Inspiration for her work include a mixture of childhood and autobiographical memories and experiences, documentaries on human nature, independent films and history. Martine Johanna lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Solo and two person exhibitions
2017 Something’s Wrong, Massey Lyuben, New York, US (opening May 4th)
2016 Dancer, Spoke Art, San Francisco, US
2016 Happy Days, Bright Side Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
2014 The Grand Illusion of Sanity, Walls Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
2012 While We Wait for the Sun to Come (duo), Walls Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
2011 Utopia (duo), Sprmrkt, Amsterdam, NL
2010 Souvenir, Spui 23, Amsterdam, NL
2008 Blackboard, Sid Lee Collective, Amsterdam, NL


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