Happy Wilder

“My goal is to animate shapes in such a way as to provide scope for the viewer’s imagination and playfulness”

Swedish-born artist Happy Wilder currently lives in Stockholm but is typically nomadic. He creates artworks in which he paints with light, using physical tools, a bit like a glassblower blows his art. These works come from his “Monochrome and Negative” collection, which recalls the origins of photography, when negatives were an essential part of the process and photography was more than a matter of “point and shoot.” The artist places great value on putting spectators’ imagination and emotions in play. The Japanese titles even allow the viewer to approach the works with an open mind.

Wilder got his start studying museum education and psychology at Stockholm University, then studied environmental science at Gothenburg University. He has exhibited in juried group shows at Fotografiska Stockholm in 2017 and at Nacka Konsthall in 2019. Coming up later this year, his work will occupy Scandic Malmen hotel in central Stockholm. He’s also done performances, creating portraits at Burning Man and at the Lightning in a Bottle music festival in California; his work has been on display at the 2020 Fotografiska Studio Live.