Born in London to Norwegian parents, Magnus Gjoen grew up in Switzerland, Denmark, Italy as well as in the UK. As a contemporary artist Gjoenhas exhibited worldwide and questions the notions of beauty by juxtaposinga range of styles and media, incorporating a street and pop aesthetic with a fine art approach.
His pieces draw on history and allusion, using existing artworks or fragments from thepast to create his own, contemporary aesthetic.Describing himself as an ‘accidental’ artist, Gjoen studied fine art and fashion design which led to a successful career in fashion, working for brands such as Vivienne Westwood. A move back into the art world came from decorating the walls of his London flat and realisinghe could do so with his own artworks. Thought - provoking and often- emotional, Gjoen’s art offers a modern spin on old masterpieces or manipulates powerful and strong objects into something fragile yet beautiful.