Nisse NIDEJ Ottenhag

He works with:

Abstract interpretation of the human form



Artist statement:

- I strive to create the perfect portrait by using a balanced mix between abstract, expressionism, storytelling and realism.

" His acrylic-on-canvas portraits burst with color, and yet, they are not simply bold for bold's sake - underneath the vivid kaleldoscope of hues NIDEJ splashes onto the contours of each face is a striking depth, a hint at a secret longing, regret, or thrill. one dive into the eyes of his subjects and you'll be transported."


                                                                                      - Review in ARTEXPO New York Show Guide 2016


Nisse NIDEJ Ottenhag was born 1976 and grew up in the small Town of Lilla Edet in Sweden. 

He wants to give the viewer a portrait that offer a wide story. Often the paintings contain hidden messages, symbols and signs. He does this to make the viewer constantly see new things in the painting and give the viewer clues about the story that is there.

He wish to combine the strength from abstract, expressionism, popart and realistic art to find harmony. This journey started back in 1997 for him and is still going on. 


the sign is his trademark and he has designed it on basis of his

mother´s Sami* origin and father´s past as a sailor. He own's

a patent on it since 2001.

* Sami is Swedens indigenous people known, among

other things, for their reindeer and color folk costumes.

The sign is always incorporated in each painting

73 Aphrodite
The ImpULsiVE
72 New York Surfer
71 Walking in wonderland
Hestia Party at Olympus
64 Freja
At the Horizon
66 If I look back, I am lost
The Force
74 Ocean Eyes 2020
76 The Birth of Aphrodite
77 Believe
75 Nirvana II
87 Amy Winehouse Blue background
85 Jade
86 Morning coffee
84 Alive 2.0
83 Boba Fett

Artexpo 2016 New York


article in the exhibition show guide from Artexpo 2016 New York.



Will exhibit and paint live at " Smaka på konst" Trollhättan, Sweden the 12- 13th of May 2023 in Galleri Gustafsson, Österlånggatan 68B.