Charlotta Janssen

"She Is So James Dean"

Acrylic, collage, oil on canvas
4 panel piece
78 × 48 in; 198.1 × 121.9 cm


"Das Geld"

Acrylic, collage, oil on canvas
2 panels
48 × 54 in; 121.9 × 137.2 cm


"Harlem Swimming Team"

Iron Oxide, Acrylic, Collage and Oil Varnish on Canvas
66 × 192 × 1 3/8 in


"Fine Specimen"

Quadryptich, oil, acrylic, iron oxide & retro collage, 2018
54" x 96"


Charlotta Janssen was born in Maine to German parents living in America under the Marshall plan. In 1973, her family moved to Iran, which we fled during the revolution in 1979. Back in Germany, Charlotta Janssen studied painting at the University of Arts in Berlin from 1986-1989. Charlotta Janssen dropped out and traveled the world as a street musician and performance artist. In 1991, she picked up my brushes again and started organizing art shows wherever she traveled. 1995 Charlotta Janssen moved to New York. In 2000, she opened a restaurant to showcase her work in Brooklyn. In 2005, Charlotta Janssen started to narrow down her color spectrum to teal, white, black and rust. In 2009 Charlotta Janssen reintroduced collage and this element created a real conversation that keeps evolving.