After graduating from Central St. Martin’s in 2008, Johan Andersson became the youngest ever person to be shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award and named as The Independent’s Top 20 Artists in 2008. His selected work was displayed at the National Portrait Gallery and in the same year, he was also selected for the Jerwood Contemporary Painters Prize.
Since then Andersson has gone on to exhibit work alongside artists including Anish Kapoor, Sarah Lucas, Gavin Turk and Howard Hodgkin. In 2010, he was selected to exhibit work in support of BreakThrough Breast Cancer at The V&A Museum.
He has exhibited and sold on the international art market including the Scope Art Fair in Basel and Cutlog in Paris. His work has also been displayed in major London Underground stations including Bond Street, Green Park, Baker Street and South Kensington.
In 2010 Andersson was selected by Sky Arts to be featured on a six week documentary called ‘Art of Survival’ broadcasting in July 2011. Johan was recently selected as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Creatives by TimeOut, as well as being featured on a TED talk.
The climax of the Stolen Faces series was a solo show at the elusive and private Long Gallery of Englefield House in May 2012, where the paintings of individuals marginalized by society replaced 17th-century portraits of prominent earls and countesses.
His most recent exhibits include Saatchi Gallery alongside Damien Hirst, Jake & Dinos Chapman in October 2013. In 2013 Andersson was shortlisted for the Celeste Prize and won the Painting & Drawing Award for Art Takes Paris, judged by directors from the Andy Warhol, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, Lisson Gallery and the Marianne Boesky Gallery. Johan has recently been selected to show at the Royal West of England Academy in February 2014 alongside Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud and Tracey Emin. Since then Johan has sold paintings for between 20-30,000 USD to private collectors in Basel, Switzerland and London as well as all over the US.
Johan painted the first official portrait of human rights activist Mariam Ibrahim in 2015. She was sentenced to death for apostasy and 100 lashes for marrying a Christian man was to rescued as a result of an international outcry that included the voices of such luminaries as Angelina Jolie, President Obama, Clinton, Prime Minister David Cameron and Pope Francis. Private collectors in 2015-16 include George Lucas, 3 times Academy award winner Per Hallberg and prior to that Eugene Tenenbaum, the director of Chelsea soccer club.