Minimalist Painter Henni Alftan


Minimalist Painter

Henni Alftan is a minimalist painter who currently lives and works in Paris. Primarily, Alftan focuses on oil on canvas techniques. She creates paintings of female figures and male figures, as well as domestic scenes. Initially, she frames the subject and starts sketching an outline. However, as she described in an interview, there is no pattern in her work. “I have no protocol that tells me what I can and can not do in my work. Some of the choices are purely intuitional“.


My subjects come from everyday observations of things I see that usually intertwine with reflections on looking, painting and image-making,” Alftan explains. “I start by writing down a worded proposition I would like to paint this thing in this manner, with sometimes some additional notes“. She takes some time to create a final version of a painting. This extra time emerges from the way she works. In general, she does not make several versions of the same picture.


Henni Alftan

Henni Alftan is Finnish artist. She holds a BFA from Ecole Pilote Internationale d’Art et de Recherche de la Villa and a MFA from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris. She has numerous exhibitions throughout the world, latest being the Contour in London and the Night-time in Berlin. Her work is exhibited by a number of major Finnish contemporary art museums as well as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In this article her overall work of minimalist painter is presented. The result is impressive. Enjoy.








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