Biography

I come from Enonkoski, a small rural parish in Savo-Karelia, near Russian border.  My roots appear in my work; the materials I use is often picked either from forests or the lakeshore or found forgotten in the city alley's corner. However, even though I often return to this safe area of birthplace and heritage in my work, I filter it through the rich cultural layers.

In recent years, I have spent long periods of time in Vietnam, Hong Kong, Paris, Tatarstania... And a feather of a bird found in Hanoi can easily be blended into the crane feathers picked up from the marshlands of Savolax.

I studied at Savonlinna Secondary School of Art and Music and later in Turku Arts Academy. One of the most influental teachers I had was Ismo Kajander; we share an interest towards the used, old, worn over - materials and objects which show the life lived and passing of time, although our approach is different. I have also studied e.g. glass blowing, lithography, wood cutting and goldsmithing. The best way to learn has been to work and try different materials and approaches to achieve desired effect.

My exhibition philosophy is to look for interesting spaces and make these natural and holistic entities. I would like to present my works also in places that are not primarily considered as exhibition spaces.


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Curriculum vitae

Selected exhibitions in future, ongoing and in the past:

2018 Japan's show tour continues

2018 Original designs and products presented to Marimekko in Australia

2018 Lusto, Finnish Forest Museum, Punkaharju

2018 Art and Museum Center Sinkka, Kerava

2017, GGG Gallery, Tokyo

2017, Galleria Sculptor, Helsinki

2017, Vieno-Motors, Villa Lante, Rome, (and several other Vieno performances during years 2014-2018)

2017, Kuriiri, order work at the Kiasma Ars17 exhibition. This works both as an independent artwork and a product, collaboration with Marimekko.

2017, Ararat, Old Chapel Hall, Porvoo

2016 Artag Gallery, Helsinki

2015 Kakola +, Turku

2015 Haihatus, Joutsa

2015, Titanic Gallery, Turku

2015 Paris Fashion Week, my designs as part of the Marimekko show.

2015 Vieno Motors, HAM's opening

2014 Forum Box, Helsinki

2014 Cultural Kitchen, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

2014 Nine Life Museum, Vieno Motors, Gallery There

2013 Unisieppari, Green Makasiini, Lappeenranta

2012 Söderskär Lighthouse, Söderskär

2011 Kluuvin Galleria, Helsinki

2010 Enonkoski Local History Museum, Enonkoski

2009 Arkaia, Galleri Sinne, Helsinki

2008 Kaave, Galleria Huuto

2004 Suru, Galleria Katariina, Helsinki

2012 Men of Forests, Salo Museum of Art

2009-2010 Nature gives, nature takes, Kajaani Art Museum, Kokkola Art Museum, Curator Tuula Karjalainen

2009 Mänttä Art Festival, Curator Tuula Karjalainen

2009 The Hague, gallery Quartair, curator Kaisa Heinänen

My work are in several collections, in addition to private collectors among others;

Kiasma, State Art Collections, Kerava Art Museum Sinkka, Turku Art Museum, Wihuri Foundation, Design Museum, Lars Swanljung, Finnish Art Association, Pro Artibus, City of Salo, Helsinki Art Museum, Altia

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Contact: paavohalonen@gmail.com

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