COFFEE WITH AN ARTIST | Aurora Reinhard – Fairytales, Porn and the Everyday

Artist | Aurora Reinhard (b. 1975) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts – department of Time and Space Art, in Helsinki in 2003. Reinhard is known for her video, photographic and sculptural work dealing with themes of gender and sexuality, her approach varying from documentary to surreal imagery. Reinhard’s works are included in numerous […]

COFFEE WITH AN ARTIST | Defining the Abstract: Eeva-Riitta Eerola’s ”Senses of the Other”

Artist | Eeva-Riitta Eerola (b. 1980) graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki in 2010. She also studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts de Paris. Eerola is represented in collections such as the Saastamoinen Foundation, Sara Hildén Art Museum and the Wihuri Foundation Art Collection. Featured Image | Detail of Eeva-Riitta Eerola, In […]

COFFEE WITH AN ARTIST | Katja Tukiainen’s Goodhearted Army of Girls

Who: Katja Tukiainen (b. 1969) is an acclaimed Finnish painter and visual artist. Her works have been included in international exhibitions and public collections. Ever since the mid 90’s her paintings turned towards a pink color palette, representing the artist’s cute – but not powerless – girl characters. Since then her girls have appeared not only in her paintings but also in her murals, sculptures, graphic novels […]

COFFEE WITH AN ARTIST | Kristiina Uusitalo – Part II | Otherness and Finnishness

Who: Kristiina Uusitalo Born: 1959 Occupation: Painter Lives & Works: Helsinki, Finland Article Image: From left to right – Alexandra Marila, HKI Art Guide with artist Kristiina Uusitalo at her Borne by Light exhibition opening at Galleria Malmitalo | Image by HKI Art Guide. Artworks Images: Photo credits Jussi Tiainen In the first part of my interview with artist […]

COFFEE WITH AN ARTIST | Jukka Virkkunen’s Paintings Show “Happy” In Art Is Underrated

Who: Jukka Virkkunen Born: 1986 | Alavus, Finland Occupation: Painter | BA in Graphic Design, Universidade Norte do Paraná, Brazil Lives & Works: Helsinki, Finland & Londrina, Brazil Upcoming Exhibitions: Salada da Frutas | 16 Aug – 9 Sept at Cafe Roasberg, Helsinki Article Image: Jukka Virkkunen with one of his works in background | Photo courtesy of the artist Artworks Images: Photos courtesy of the artist   It’s early […]

COFFEE WITH AN ARTIST | Lotta Esko’s Paintings Touch Upon Gender Fluidity, Privacy & Life in the Spotlight

Who: Lotta Esko Born: 1971 Occupation: Painter, MA 2002 Aalto University | Works with visual arts and performance design. Solo and group exhibitions in Helsinki, Amsterdam, Toronto and New York. Lives & Works: Helsinki, Finland Article Image: Atelier snapshot | Lotta Esko, Meadow series, 2015 | Image by HKI Art Guide. Artworks Images: Photos courtesy of the artist   The Bearded Mermaid […]

COFFEE WITH AN ARTIST | Kristiina Uusitalo – Part I | Painting is the language I speak most fluently

Who: Kristiina Uusitalo Born: 1959 Occupation: Painter Lives & Works: Helsinki, Finland Article Image: Artist Kristiina Uusitalo in her atelier. In the background, one of her recent works – The Urge to Vanish III, 2016, Oil color, dry pigment, artificial resin, acrylic and wax on MDF board, 180 x 280 cm | Image by HKI Art Guide. Artworks Images: Photo credits Jussi Tiainen It’s […]

COFFEE WITH AN ARTIST | Maaria Märkälä talks about her Apocalyptical paintings and the end of the world as we know it

Who: Maaria Märkälä Born: 1964 Occupation: Painter | President of Finnish Painters’ Union since 2008 Lives & Works: Helsinki, Finland Next Exhibition: MAARIA MÄRKÄLÄ Paintings | Galleria Katariina. Opening reception & discussion with artist and guests on Tuesday 21 June @3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. The smell of coffee and fresh paint welcomes me into Maaria Märkälä’s atelier. Rays of sun coming through […]