Riitta Santala

Riitta Santala

Location: Finland

Artist’s Statement

I work quickly and intuitively after long processes of thought and visual experimentation. As a former jounalist and cultural researcher (post-grad) I am particularly interested in the relations of images and words in different cultures. Books are part of my art, both as objects and as sources of textual references.


Department of Visual arts, University of Lapland 2016 -
Visual Artist, Art School Alfa-Art, Helsinki 2012 – 2015
Master of Arts, University of Tampere 1992

Exhibitions 2018
Nastola, Taarasti 9/2018
Helsinki, AVA Gallery 8/2018
Helsinki, Gallery Dixi 6/2018
Osaka, Ava Art Festival 5/2018
Espoo, Healing Dreams, Galleria Unelma 5/2018
Järvenpää, Järnätti 5/2018
Gallery Art Villa Armas 4-5/2018 (solo, GESTURES)
Helsinki, Kaapeli 4/2018
Espoo Cultural Center 3/2018
Helsinki, Makkaragalleria 3/2018
Rome Winter Art Expo 2/2018
Helsinki, Galleria Mondo 2/2018
Rio de Janeiro Galerie MBlois 1/2018

Some selected Exhibitions 2017
Paris, Caroussel du Louvre 10/2017
Helsinki, Gallery Ars Longa 8-10/2017( Ava Art Festival)
Tampere, Metso Gallery 7/2017
Pietarsaari Museum, Tupakkamakasiini 6-7/2017 (Here, Now, Everywhere)
Hauho, Sotjala Manor, “Maalaiselämää” (Rural Life) 6-7/2016
Tampere, Galleria Saskia, “Avoin tarina” (Open Story) 6/2016
Tampere, Haihara 6/2017
Helsinki, S-Galleria, S-Art Prize Finalists 4/2017

Some of Earlier Exhibitions
Kangasala, Terra, 8-9/2016, (Fleeing Creatures, with Leena Ristolainen)
Helsinki, Gallery 4-Kuus, 4-5/2016, (Talk me about Red)
New York, The New York Art Connection, “Finland Artists” 3/2017
Cultural Center Kangasala-talo Gallery, 1/2016 (Transformations, solo)
Valkeakoski, VIsavuori 9-11/2015 (Layers of Mind and Time, Pirkanmaa 6th triennale side event)
Tampere, Galleria Emil 5/2015 (Image of Pirkanmaa)
Helsinki, Kaapeli, Puristamo 8/2015
Barcelona, aDa Arts Gallery 12/2014
Kauniainen, Town Hall 9/2014 (Moments in Summer”)
Helsinki, Kanneltalo Gallery 4-5/2014 (“Mikä se on?”)
Helsinki, Kaapeli, Valssaamo 4-5/2014
Positions of Trust
Cultural Center Kangasala-talo, member of board 2013 - 2017
Kimmo Pyykkö Art Museum, member of exhibition committee 2014 – 2017
European Cultural Association, member of board 2017 -, vice president 2018 -


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