Ole Aakjær is a Danish watercolor artist based in Copenhagen. He is recognized for his figurative paintings of female subjects. Aakjaer’s intricate portraits are highly symbolic. For example, the recurring motif of the skull is not something dark or scary, but rather a symbol of life and birth, “a necessary framing of life.” Aakjaer’s contemporary portraits explore the complexity and strength of women through intricate patterns and symbols.
Ole Aakjaer has a background in advertising and was especially fascinated by the experimental part of the cartoon scene that unfolded in the 1980s. His greatest role models were Jean Giraud (Moebius), Milo Manara, and Enki Bilal. He has won a wide range of competitions and distinctions and gained recognition as an innovator, designer and especially as an artist, and he can look back at a number of sold out exhibitions at some of the leading art galleries in Denmark and abroad. His signature paintings – often in large formats - are women painted with great psychological empathy, unique colors and highly storytelling tattoos. Aakjaer is represented by galleries in Canada, the United States, Denmark, and the UK, and has his first solo museum exhibition opening in 2021 at the Chinese Contemporary Art Museum in Chongqing, China.