Johannes Wessmark was born in Karlstad, Sweden in 1962. After working as a celebrated advertising illustrator for 15 years, Johannes realized a dream to be a full-time fine artist in 2006. Johannes has since become one of the leading photorealist painters in Europe, having works exhibited in the European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona and the Count Ibex Collection, participated and placed in countless international competitions, and been included in publications from MEAM Barcelona, and Arte y Libertad IV, Vii, and X. Johannes’ in-demand knowledge of photorealist painting has made his workshops and lectures across Sweden and the United States a valued experience for collectors and peers and has self-published two books showcasing his specialized photorealist technique and style. Johannes uses acrylic and oil paint on canvas to create his large-scale paintings of figures interacting with water. On the topic of his subjects, Johannes states, “In my paintings, and especially my figurative motifs, I want to convey a feeling of calm and relaxation. Water is a subject matter that has followed me for many years. As a child, we had a summer-house by the Swedish west coast where we spent many holidays. Positive experiences with water that came to influence me as an artist many years later.” Johannes is a member of The International Guild of Realism and The Swedish Artists National Organization, and lives and works as a painter in the Swedish countryside.