Maija Ojanen (born 1981) is a visual artist working mainly with drawing and painting on paper. She has focused on large-scale watercolor paintings and ink drawings. Gouache and watercolor painting has been her main technique for several years. Lately she has started to draw with ink and bright colors have changed to a black and white color scheme.
She build her art works trough details. At the center of her forks is a human. Often woman or a child. Alongside human life nature elements have important role at her works. Nature elements often get strong symbolic meanings or describes mythological beings. Through flowers, birds and others nature marks she describes the relationships between human and nature as well as self-understanding. In her works she combines together her perceptions of the world we are living in. How to describe the merging of inner and outer space and the mixing of mind and material. She is fascinated by magical realism. Believes, myths, popular stories, science and parapsychology all melts and mix together and combines something we might call the wounded experiment to understand the nature of reality and our place on it.
Maija Ojanen completed her master´s degree in fine arts at Aalto University in 2012 . She also so has completed visual art studies at art institute of Kankaanpää at Satakunta university of applied sciences in 2006. She has also studied four months at Ècole Nationale Supérieure d´Art de Dijon in 2010.
Maija Ojanen work and lives in Jyväskylä. She has had solo exhibitions at Helsinki, Tampere and Jyväskylä in Finland. She has participated in group exhibitions several museums and galleries in Finland and internationally in Berlin and Prague. She has also held workshops and teach art at Jyväskylä Community College.