Painter Mihkel Ilus has described Ojaver’s work as optimistic, regardless of its dark humour and absurdity. “I find it interesting to observe how personal occurrences become art in Jüri’s work. The subjects are difficult, but they are thoroughly worked through and presented in the artist’s individual language which manages to touch viewers’ hearts instead of burdening them with worry.”
Jüri Ojaver (born 1955) is mainly known as a sculptor, although he has also displayed videos and paintings and carried out several performances over the years. In 1999, Ojaver represented Estonia at the Venice Biennale with Peeter Pere and Ando Keskküla. His last solo exhibition, Dying Dog Vol. 2, took place at the beginning of 2017 at Vabaduse Gallery.