CV + Bio

Maria Pääkkönen
Born 1988, Riihimäki, Finland

Maria Pääkkönen (b. 1988) is a visual artist based in Helsinki, Finland. She works with drawing, installation and durational drawing performance. The concentrated drawing process and the space in which it takes place play a significant part in her work. She explores topics like impermanence, time, memory and landscape through her main material, paper, and its behavior and fragility. The memory-based drawings construct spaces and atmospheres that hover over the imaginary line between material and immaterial worlds.

Studies

2013 – 2016 Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts, Helsinki (MFA)

2010 – 2013 Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts, Helsinki (BFA)

2007 – 2010 Free Art School, Helsinki

Solo Exhibitions 

2019 Distant And Vivid, Porvoon Taidehalli / Porvoo Art Hall

2018 Sea Dreams, Studio Kura, Itoshima, Japan

2018 Mountains Collapsing, B-galleria, Turku

2016 Entering Another Unknown Place, Ti-la2016Jyväskylä

2016 Revisiting Unknown Places, Galleria Ratamo, Jyväskylä

2016 Revisiting Unknown Places, Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari, Helsinki

Group Exhibitions

2017 Seeing Whales, curated by Chiara Ianeselli, Galleria Mazzoli, Modena, Italy,

2017 Van Eyck Open Studios, Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands

2016 SYYT – group exhibition of the Union of Finnish Art Associations, Art Center Haihatus, Joutsa,

2016 Kuvitella / kokea / kerääntyä, Vanhan Raatihuoneen galleria,Turku

2015 Kuvan Kevät – Degree show of the Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts, Helsinki

2014 Sitting Quietly, Doing Nothing, Kuva/Tila (Exhibition Laboratory), Helsinki

2013 Drawing in the Flesh, Vantaa Art Museum

2013 Rum, Galleri Kakelhallen, Mariehamn

2013 Bachelors of the Universe, Galleria FAFA, Helsinki

2012 Size Matters, Kaiku gallery, Helsinki

2012 Kaamos, Arktikum, Rovaniemi

2012 Kaamos, Kaiku gallery, Helsinki

2008 Chinese Whispers, Pori Art Museum

Performances

2019 You Are I Am You, drawing performance with Ingeborg Blom Andersskog, Superb! -contemporary art festival, B-galleria, Turku

2017 Just Drawing This Line, series of drawing performances, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht

2014 Dancing On Ice, painting performance with Eetu Huhtala, Angakoq performance event and exhibition, SIC gallery, Helsinki

Residencies

2019 Residency in Utö

2018 Mustarinda, Hyrynsalmi

2018 Studio Kura, Itoshima, Japan

2016-17 Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands

2016, 2015, 2014 Residency in Utö, Kuvan residenssi ry

2014 Residency in Berlin, Academy of Fine Arts

Workshops

2016 Nordic Studio: “Clearcut” -post-mfa workshop, Rejmyre Art Lab, Kalbo, Sweden

Grants

2019 Arts Promotion Centre Finland, project grant

2019 The Paulo Foundation

2018 Finnish Cultural Foundation, 1-year working grant

2018 The Paulo Foundation

2017 Arts Promotion Centre Finland, working grant

2016-17 Van Eyck Academie, residency grant

2016 Saastamoinen Foundation Finland, recidency grant

2016 Nordic Culture Point, mobility funding

2016 Arts Promotion Centre Finland, project grant

2015 Academy of Fine Arts, travel grant

Memberships

MUU ry

The Finnish Painters’ Union, candidate member

Huuto/Mehiläispesä ry

Rajataide ry

Publications

2017 Exhibition catalogue: Seeing Whales, Galleria Mazzoli Editore, Modena

2015 Drawings and column in ÄÄRI magazine, No#1

Articles

https://www.ostnyland.fi/artikel/rumsliga-dikter-i-bildformat-fyller-konsthallen/

https://www.itavayla.fi/vapaalla/taidehallissa-myrskyisia-ja-kuvitteellisia-maisemia–kappalaisen-talossa-ollaan-luonnon-lumoissa-6.2.41592.029c5284cd

http://www.flashartonline.it/2018/02/seeing-whales-mazzoli-modena/

http://www.artribune.com/arti-visive/arte-contemporanea/2017/12/mostra-seeing-whales-galleria-mazzoli-modena/

http://www.lost-painters.nl/van-eyck-open-studios-4/

http://www.metropolism.com/nl/reviews/30883_open_studios_van_eyck_2017

https://www.apollo-magazine.com/helsinkis-artists-world-class-recognition-start-home/

http://www.thelearnedpig.org/maria-paakkonen-revisiting-unknown-places/3306

http://www.mustekala.info/node/37474

http://www.mustekala.info/node/37080