Owen Claasen was born in Oudtshoorn in the Karoo. Since early childhood he was very crafty and made the best toy cars for his friends using scrap metal and wire. In high school he had Woodwork as one of his subjects, but soon discovered that he was actually much more interested in Welding.
Owen worked for different Welding Companies and in his spare time he made metal figurines, candle holders, and bedside lamps, using themes from his own cultural background.
Owen’s early childhood memories and the known familiar world around him serves as inspiration for his artwork.