Artist statement

My work is an exploration of my movement through life and different cultures, expressed in colors, patterns and forms.

Years ago glass became my passion, from the very first day I entered a glass factory. It is fascinating how an orange, hot liquid becomes a transparent, stable object.

It is such a beautiful material, so fragile and strong at the same time, and so full of surprises. It has a life of its own – it changes expression with the light or the point of view, just like our minds and our hearts. It is very inspiring - the challenge of accidents when I have to rethink my ideas, and adjust to what the material tells me.

I am inspired by nature, the richness of color combinations, textures and different light. My work usually starts with a color or a pattern idea, then evolves into composition and playfulness.

My goal and aspiration as an artist is to give beauty and creative boost to viewers and users in their everyday life.

Magusia Johansson

Born in Poland, partly raised in the Netherlands, I came to Sweden in 1979. Fifteen years later it was time for a new set of moves, this time to Germany and six years later to Austria. After having lived in so many different places, I feel like a true European, adopting the best of every culture. After obtaining a Masters degree in Graphic Arts at the Academy of Arts in Warsaw, I attended the Orrefors Glass School in Sweden, where I learned glass techniques and how to blow glass. During the years 1992 to1994, I had my own stained glass studio in Stockholm. Throughout the years I have been working with many different media: advertisements, studio glass, stained glass, teaching, painting, quilting and pottery. Since October 2008 I am an owner of a glass kiln in my studio in Vienna.

One man shows:

2008 - Galleri Rienössl, Vienna, Austria

2003 - Stenhuset, Surahammar, Sweden

1999 - Jean Stodden, Rech, Germany

1988 - Galleri Sjöhästen, Nyköping, Sweden

1978 - Barbakan Gallerie, Warsaw, Poland

I participated in the following exhibitions:

2016 - Wasser, Glas und Feuer, Galerie Sandpeck, Vienna, Austria

2016 - Schwedischer Frülingsalong, Salong BelleArti, Vienna, Austria

2013-2014 - Schöner Leben zur Weinahtszeit, Gallerie Sandpeck, Vienna, Austria

2013 - Herbstzauber, Schloß Poysbrunn, Austria

2012 - Kunstadvent, Baden, Austria

2011-2013 - Gartenzauber, Schloß Mühlbach, Austria

2009-2014 - Weinahtsquartier, Museumsquartier, Vienna, Austria

1994 - Järfällasalongen, Jakobsberg, Sweden

1992 - Höstsalong ´92, Siab Konstförening, Stockholm, Sweden

1991 - Polish Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden

1985 - Polish Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden

1980 - Solnagruppen 10 år, Stockholm, Sweden

- Zentralschweizer Glaspreis, Luzern, Switzerland

- Kunstglas, Leipzig, Germany

- Polish Glass, Altenburg Museum, Germany

1979 - Polish Glass, Pottery and Tapestry, Prague, Bratislava and Moscow

- Microfiche Programme, Modern Glass, The Corning Museum of Glass, USA

- Polish Glass, BWA Gallerie, Katowice, Poland

1978 - Microfiche Programme, Modern Glass, The Corning Museum of Glass, USA

Public works:

Embassy of Poland in Washington D.C., USA

Corning Glass Museum, USA

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