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Born: 1969
Hometown: Landstuhl, Germany
Lives and Works: New York, NY and San Cristobal, NM
Education: BA, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, 1983, earlier in 1981 Opheim attended Cheingmai University in Cheingmai, Thailand.

About The Artist
Often seeming to sculpt rather than to paint, Peter Opheim creates large-scale paintings characterized by their thick, incredibly tactile surfaces. The whimsical, colorful works evoke childhood sculptures and toys, albeit in monumental proportions. Opheim’s artistic process is quite detailed, as he describes, “I like to think of them as paintings on top of paintings on top of paintings. An accumulation of different marks, lines, colors and forms, but also themes and temperaments, that creates an imagined space and a form of history.” His work is heavily layered and thick with paint. Amidst the tension of colors and non-objective marks, a graceful serenity holds in the balance. Working with palette knifes, brushes, 20 colors of paint, Opheim works the surface of his paintings layer by layer, building up and scraping away. The final surface not only shimmers with vibrant hues but also projects a multidimensional vision. Opheim has been featured in over 50 group and individual exhibitions since 1994, and has been the subject of a number of print articles. In 1995 he became the recipient of the Pollock/Krasner Foundation Grant and in 1996 received the Artist's Award from the Friends of Contemporary Art of the Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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