Bjorn Calleja

b. 1981, Manila, Philippines
Lives and works in Manila, Philippines

Bjorn Calleja is a Filipino contemporary painter and interdisciplinary artist. He earned his BFA from Far Eastern University, Philippines, where he later became a part-time lecturer. Aside from exhibiting his work, his early career involved corporate positions as a graphic designer. In 2012, he also co-founded ‘Design. Other Things.’, a design studio that collaborates with a team of visual artists.

Bjorn’s work draws on identity, spirituality, general and personal history, and everyday politics, utilizing perspective and a play of scale as metaphor to how we as humans affect the world at large. His paintings, sculptures, installations, and animations are heavily influenced by 80’s and 90’s popular culture, kitsch, the internet, and the aesthetics and textures of Manila’s landscape.

Bjorn has had various solo exhibitions around the Philippines including; ‘Antonyms of Meaning’, West Gallery (2022); ‘Unknown Unknowns’, ArtFair Philippines/Projects (2022); ‘The Ennead; Secret Fresh Gallery’, Acme, West Gallery (2018); ‘Postcolonial Rubbish’, Pablo Gallery (2017); ‘Self-Portrait as a Hamburger, Secret Fresh Gallery (2016); ‘There is no Solution because there is no Problem’, Underground Gallery (2016); ‘Confessions of an Almost Artist’, West Gallery (2013); ‘Bubblegum Stories’, Secret Fresh Gallery (2012); ‘Eat my Daddy’, The Crucible Gallery (2012); ‘Some Failed Attempts in Creating a Good Image for Painting’, West Gallery (2011); ‘The Color Bringer’, Secret Fresh Gallery (2011); and ‘Fear Made me Do This’, Lost Projects (2011).

His animations have been featured in several NFT exhibitions including ‘NFTs + The Ever-Evolving World of Art’ at Art Basel in Hong Kong (2022) and ‘Living System: An NFT Show’ at SEA Focus in Singapore (2023). Bjorn is also the creator of ‘Stoopid Avatar Project’ (2021), a satirical PFP project minted on the Tezos blockchain. Bjorn Calleja’s work was also nominated for The Sovereign Art Prize (2023).

Biography information courtesy of the artist, May 2023

Country: Philippines
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