Johan Thurfjell was born in 1970 in Solna and earned his Master of Fine Arts from Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts, and Design in 2002. He lives and works in Tullgarn, outside Vagnhärad. 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.
Among the exhibitions Thurfjell has done in Sweden and abroad, a few stand out: a site-specific work in the German Church for the Jewish Museum, Stockholm (2017); solo exhibitions in Uppsala Cathedral (2018); Kalmar konstmuseum (2018); Uppsala konstmuseum (2011); Eskilstuna konstmuseum (2011), and Strängnäs Cathedral (2010). Since 2008, he has regularly exhibited at Galerie Nordenhake. Thurfjell has also participated in such events as the Fellbach Triennale for Small Sculpture (2019); the Borås Sculpture Biennale (2018); and the Galerie der Künstler, Munich (2016).
Johan 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.