Karstein Volle

Karstein Volle
Karstein Volle | Photo: © Karstein Volle

Karstein Volle was born in 1974 and grew up in the Norwegian town of Tranby. He studied at the Kunstakademiet in Oslo before moving to Finland in the 1990s where he works as an illustrator, web designer, and freelancer.

Although Karstein Volle started drawing more than 40 years ago, he has never committed to a signature style. Since the 1980s he has, however, been drawing exclusively digitally. His cartoons and illustrations have always focused on politics and progress, on topics which interest him as an individual and as a member of society.

His most famous work is the cartoon series Fakta fra verden which was printed in the Norwegian newspapers Dagsavisen and Dagbladet before being published as a book. As in his other series, I fremtiden, Volle's drawings about current issues are characterized by dark humour and an excessively comic surrealism.

In 2012, he published Karstein Volles skjebner: et kunstnerisk selvmord (in English: Karstein Volle's strokes of fate: an artistic suicide), his most important individual work up to that point, in which he approaches death in a satirical manner.

In early 2016, he published the graphic novel Muffens in cooperation with the Norwegian comedian, author, and comics writer Knut Nærum. Additionally, Karstein Volle produces comics and cartoons for Finnish television and gives regular comic workshops in Norway and Finland.

Besides drawing and illustrating, Volle is also a musician and has released several records with his Finnish band Nazca. In 2013, he co-founded the Finnish band Däd.

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