My paintings originate from an inspiration that I create out of clay. This figure, pressed by my fingers, is then interpreted with a brush. The iterations should be different, feel alive and have a presence and soul.

Peter Opheim - 2021


Peter Opheim (American, b. 1961) grew up in Minnesota and received his BA degree from St. Olaf College with concentrations in Economics and Asian Studies.  After 25 years of acclaim as an abstract painter, Opheim experienced an epiphanous shift in his approach to his art. Peter Opheim’s oil paintings are windows into a world unlike any other, one populated by the unconventional and provocative juxtaposition of a childlike imagination with adult thoughts and emotions.

 He now lives and works in New York, and has been featured in many prestigious national and international exhibitions, and was awarded the Pollock/Krasner Foundation Grant. His work has been included in important corporate collections such as Hallmark, Northwest Airlines, and the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, and is in the permanent collection of several museums in the United States and South Korea.