Jwan Yosef

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Jwan Yosef
Born (1984-09-06) 6 September 1984 (age 34)
  • Painter
  • Artist
Years active2011–present
Ricky Martin (m. 2017)

Jwan Yosef (born September 6, 1984) is a Syrian-born Swedish[2] painter and artist. He specializes in plastic arts and is based in London, England.[3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Yosef was born in Ras al-Ayn,[5] to a Muslim father of Syrian Kurdish descent and an Armenian Christian mother.[6] His family immigrated to Sweden where he studied painting in Pernby School of Painting in Stockholm between 2004 and 2006, then moved to Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm[7]


Yosef has taken part in a great number of art fairs and group exhibitions. He held two solo exhibitions in 2013 titled Painting about Sex, Flesh and Violence, lol at the DIVUS Gallery in London and High Notes, at the Galleri Anna Thulin, Stockholm.[8][9] He participated in the Threadneedle Prize exhibition in 2013 and the BEERS Contemporary Award for Emerging Art both in 2013. In 2015 he exhibited at Galleri Bon with group exhibition There and Back Again with fellow Konstfack graduates Josef Bull, Petr Davydtchenko and Natasja Loutchko.[10] He is a founding member and studio holder at The Bomb Factory Art Foundation in Archway, North London.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Yosef is of Kurdish and Armenian ancestry. He is openly gay. In April 2016, during the amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research gala in São Paulo, Brazil, he publicly announced that he had been in a relationship with Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin since 2016. The couple married in 2017.[12][13] On December 31, 2018, Martin and Yosef announced, via Instagram, the birth of their daughter, Lucia Martin-Yosef. [14]


  1. ^ "Inside Ricky Martin's Serene Los Angeles Home".
  2. ^ http://www.jwanyosef.com/about.html
  3. ^ Beat Magazine: Jwan Yosef – Portraits of Absence Archived 21 November 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Kaltblut: Interview with Jwan Yosef
  5. ^ Anwar, Mo. "Meet Syrian Artist Jwan Yosef: The Millennial Modern Gypsy". Vogue.com. Vogue.
  6. ^ "U+MAG | A conversation with artist Jwan Yosef". 2 September 2015. Archived from the original on 2 September 2015. Retrieved 18 November 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  7. ^ C Print: There and Back Again.
  8. ^ SvD: Spegelvända bilder fångar tystnaden (in Swedish)
  9. ^ Kunstkritikk (in Norwegian)
  10. ^ Galleri Bon: Dit och tillbaks igen (in Swedish)
  11. ^ "Artists | Bomb Factory Art Foundation". bombfactory.org.uk. Archived from the original on 2 June 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  12. ^ ET Online: Ricky Martin Makes Glamorous Red Carpet Debut With New Boyfriend Jwan Yosef
  13. ^ Paris Match: Ricky Martin officialise avec son petit ami, Jwan Yosef (in French)
  14. ^ "Instagram". Instagram.

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