Johan Thurfjell was born in 1970 in Solna, he lives and works in Tullgarn, outside Vagnhärad in Sweden. In 2002 he earned his Master of Fine Arts from Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts, and Design in Stockholm.
Thurfjell is known for his poetic and suggestive works that, in their pared-down form, communicate a story that leads the thoughts to folklore and fables, fears and fantasies. Regardless of the material and technique Thurfjell chooses for his sculptures, paintings, video works, and installations, they are characterized by incredible skill and a strong sense of craftsmanship.
Thurfjell’s solo exhibitions includes Uppsala Cathedral (2018); Kalmar konstmuseum (2018); Uppsala konstmuseum (2011); Eskilstuna konstmuseum (2011) and Strängnäs Cathedral (2010). Thurfjell has also participated at the Fellbach Triennale for Small Sculpture (2019); the Borås Sculpture Biennale (2018) and the Galerie der Künstler, Munich (2016). He has also made a site-specific work in the German Church for the Jewish Museum, Stockholm (2017).
Thurfjell is represented at Uppsala konstmuseum; Magasin III Museum for Contemporary Art, Stockholm; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; the Göteborg Museum of Art; Malmö konstmuseum; Public Art Agency Sweden, Stockholm; 21c Kentucky as well as in private collections.