Artist Statement -

I am not a painter nor an artist - I am a storyteller. My paintings are like secret doors of childhood through which one can step into an eternal place forgotten in a hurry of our time.

I tell stories with my brush. Slowly, layer by layer I blow the spirit into the painting. Eventually something pure seems to breathe below the layers, something that touches and moves us inside.

Each one of my oil paintings is like a small frozen moment. How did the story begin? Where does it lead? The symbolism and occasional surrealism feed the imagination. The spirit of Baroque in forms of color and chiaroscuro remove the works from our time. Yet there is something fresh that moves the people of today. My figurative works are easily approachable. Art World's grammar is not needed - the paintings are here and now.

Narrativeness and sentimentality separate my paintings from mainstream contemporary art. After all, they are the features of kitsch rather than art. I'm a representative of the international Kitsch movement that provides alternative to the institutionalized art. I've also worked as a student and assistant of the movement's lead character the Norwegian Odd Nerdrum.

I am walking in big footsteps. Along this hidden path went Caravaggio, Rembrandt and many other giants. I follow the golden cape of my idol. My footprints are still small, but they are of importance to me and to everyone whose heart is marked by my story.

Artist Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

* Paintings, Gallery Valve, Oulu, Finland 2011
* Paintings, Gallery 5, Oulu, Finland 2011
* Paintings, Gallery Saskia, Tampere, Finland 2010
* Paintings, Gallery Myotatuuli, Raahe, Finland 2008
* Moment and Eternity, Jauhiainen art museum, Kiiminki, Finland 2007
* Moment and Eternity, Gallery Kilo, Rovaniemi, Finland 2007
* Prologus II, Oulu, Finland 2005
* Artist of the Month, Gallery 5, Oulu, Finland 2005 and 2007
* Prologus, Haapavesi, Finland 2004

Group Exhibitions

* Otos, Gallery Ahjo, Joensuu, Finland 2011
* Kitsch Biennale, Venice, Italy Palazzo Cini 2010
* International Exhibition 2010 Surrealism Now, Coimbra, Portugal 2010
* Kitsch - mer enn kunst, Telemarksgalleriet, Norway 2009
* Nature Morte, O. Jauhiainen art museum, Kiiminki, Finland 2009
* Nerdrum And Students, Stavern, Norway 2009
* Nerdrum's Students, Tønsberg, Norway 2009
* Kitsch Biennale, München, Germany 2008
* Self Portrait, O. Jauhiainen art museum, Kiiminki, Finland 2008
* European Masters of Modern Art, Burgau, Austria 2007
* Libriars, city library, Oulu, Finland 2007
* Tabloid, O. Jauhiainen art museum, Kiiminki, Finland 2007
* Kitsch Annual 2006, Stavern, Norway
* New members of Oulu Artists' Association, Galleria 5/NUKU, Oulu 2006
* ART 2005, Rovaniemi, Kemi, Kokkola, Kajaani and Oulu, Finland 2005

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Artist Collections

Numerous private, corporate, museum, gallery and government collections detailed information coming soon.

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