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Matias Liimatainen

Matias Liimatainen is an artist working primarily in ceramic and glass to create sculptures inspired by flora and fauna, which he embellishes with glazes, metallic elements, driftwood, and stone. His earlier series, inspired by robots, incorporated kinetic elements as well as lights or electronic devices, though evidence of industrial forms is visible in all of Liimatainen’s works. He is interested in the historical nature of his chosen media, offering a nod to traditional porcelain motifs by often featuring stylized, decorative flowers. Liimatainen posits that his sculptures are self-portraits, as they are reflections of his experiences. However, he recognizes the limitations of representation, always leaving his works open to the interpretation of his audiences.

Liimatainen has exhibited widely throughout Scandinavia and was recently awarded residencies in Japan and China. His work has been shown to much acclaim at art fairs in Finland and Denmark.


b.1989, Nivala, Finland
Lives and works in Helsinki, Finland

2009-2018 Aalto University, School of arts and Architecture, Ceramic and Glass Department 2005-2009 Tammerkoski Upper Secondary School

2018     Design Miami, Hostler Burrows, Miami, FL
             The Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, Shigaraki
             Linnankatu 13, Savonlinna
             Uniikki, Helsinki
             Bonk, Pyhäniemen kartano, Hollola
             European Ceramic Context, Grønbechs Gård, Bornholm, Denmark
             CHART, Copenhagen
             Lokal, Helsinki
             About Clay, Fiskars, Helsinki
             Habitare, Helsinki, Finland
2017     Satumetsä, Lokal, Helsinki
             Kotona XII Juhlat, Fiskars
2016     Behind theseen, Porvoon taideahalli, Porvoo
             NEW FINNISH FASHION, Finlands institutet, Stockholm
             Respiration Inspiration, Institut finlandais, Paris
             Kohtaamisia, Platonin Akatemia, Tuusula
2015     Bloom, Lokal, Helsinki
             Muotogaala, ruokaa taiteella, Helsinki

2014     Animal, Lokal, Helsinki
             Art Week Helsinki, Helsinki
             Keramiikka tilassa – Keramiikan tila, Design Museum,Helsinki
             European Ceramic context 2014, Grønbechs Gård, Bornholm
2013     Samasta, Galleria Arabia, Helsinki
             Wonderland, London Design Festival, London
             NORDIC PASSION, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
             Art Exposed, Helsinki
             Norther, Ventura Lambrate, Milano
2012     Art Exposed, Helsinki
             CLAYDROIDTRILOGY, Gallery Atski, Helsinki
             Robots, Napa Gallery, Helsinki
2011      Uunituoretta, LB Gallery, Helsinki

2018    Jingdezhen, China 2017 Shigaraki, Japan

2018     “CHART 2018 End of Fair Report,” Artdaily,,
              September 4 2017
             “Robot Ceramics by Matias Liimatainen,”
              I Lobo You,
             “Weekly Tips: January,” Helsinki Design Week, December 29
2013      “London Design Festival 2013: Unmissable Highlights,” The Telegraph
2012      “Matias Liimatainen’s Robotic Sculptures Featured in Napa Gallery,”
               City Finland, November 16

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