Johann Bosgra, Honolulu Member Since November 2008 Artist Statement Born on Oahu and raised near the surf spots of Hawaii Kai, Johann Bosgra first developed his artistic skills in grade school. While the teacher was talking he'd be doodling in his notebook. In the mid 90's Johann introduced a series of paintings of a little stick-figure guy and his bright-blue dog, now the central characters of Johann's work. When Johann paints he reflects on how he viewed the world during his boyhood day's often using a cartoon strip-style to create island scenes that depict the pleasures of living in Hawaii.
Johann earned a Liberal Arts degree with an emphasis in writing from Point Loma College in San Diego, California and later went on to become a Child Development Counselor for severely emotionally disturbed children in Chula Vista. During his few years there Johann brightened up the walls and lives of the children with art activities and two giant murals in the childrens residential setting. Johann Bosgra returned to Oahu in August 2001, lured back by the magnificence of the islands and the importance of family. Johann lives on the south shore of the island with his wife Sarah and their son Noah.