Bjorn Bauer

Artist Statement

I'm an optimist, but for whatever reason my work always feels somber. Maybe it's because beauty found in spite of sadness is the most precious kind. Viewers can interpret my work in many ways. I do tackle some specific issues, such as poverty, religion, and the breakdown of community in our culture. But the design of the piece usually comes first, and I find myself discovering what it means to me later. More than anything, I want my work to stand for an underlying hope which transcends our struggles.

Artist Bio

I was born in Germany in 1980. When I was 8 years old, my family moved to the Philippines and I spent the rest of my childhood years in Southeast Asia, including Cambodia and Malaysia. My love for art began at an early age, I have been drawing literally for as long as I can remember. Nearly everything that excited me became an inspiration for a drawing. In high school I began exploring the more expressive and abstract qualities of painting. I graduated in 1999 and moved to Oklahoma in 2000 to study fine art and education. I was married to my wife Laura in 2002 and graduated with my Bachelor in Fine Art Education in 2005. I currently teach art at Edmond North High School.