Johan Potma is a Dutch painter and illustrator who lives and works in Berlin, Germany. His work is made with acrylics and collage on old wooden surfaces like box lids, signs and cigar boxes. The used materials tell part of the story through the stains, old nails, dents and cracks; the remainder is explained through all sorts of monsters, freaks and oddballs acting out his ideas.

Owner of the Cheese Mountain Tragedy Gallery (Schönleinstrasse 32, Kreuzberg Berlin) and co owner of the zozoville Gallery (

Clients include Playboy, Nickelodeon, Pepsi, XXS, Jung von Matt, BBDO, Sixfeet, Nivea, Pacifico Beer,etc  His illustrations have been featured in Luerzer's Archive 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide (2007, 2008, 2009,2010,2011), The Upset (Die Gestalten Verlag), Freistil and Communication Arts.

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"the Cheese Mountain Tragedy": Schönleinstrasse 32, 10967 Kreuzberg, Berlin. Open: wednesday till saturday-13:00/19:00


Zozoville Gallery: Mainzerstrasse 12, 10247 Friedrichshain, Berlin.

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