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Sakari Kannosto (Finnish, b. 1973) is a multi-media artist working in Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa, Finland with a primary focus on ceramics sculptures and large-scale installations. He creates fantastical figurative works inspired by Finnish folklore and fairytales, that explore the relationship between humankind and nature. While at first glance Kannosto’s brightly glazed creatures may seem whimsical and lighthearted, they are, in fact, based on an ancient Finnish myth that animals act as intermediators able to move between worlds and modulate form. Driven by contemporary environmental issues and their potentially disastrous outcomes, Kannosto reimagines these animals’ ability to adapt to the environment damaged by the industrial developed world.

Kannosto graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Helsinki in 2005.  He was a visiting artist in residence at the Arabia Art Department in Helsinki, and thereafter became a permanent member of the department beginning in January 2020. He is a Lecturer of Fine Arts, Omnia, Espoo, and has excited his work widely.


b. 1973, Helsinki, Finland

2009-2011 Haaga-Helia, University of Applied Sciences
2000-2005 Academy of Fine arts, Department of Sculpture, Helsinki

1995-1998 UIAH,  Open University of Art and Design, Helsinki 

1990-1994 Visual Arts School of Helsinki

2018 Ark I, Library of Sello
2018 Media Igloo , Omnia, Espoo
2018 Galleria Mältinranta, Tampere
2017 Ceramic art, Restaurant Silvoplee, Helsinki

2017 Ark I, Omnia, Espoo
2017 Galleria Sculptor, May, Helsinki
2014 Africhicken, Gran Popo, Benin
2013 Border, Corridor of Omnia, Espoo
2007 Dream Speed, Galleria Katariina, Helsinki

2003 Beach Gallery, Järvenpää
         Tieto- Enator, Gallen Kallela Museo, Espoo
2002 Perho Perhe, Butterfly family Sörnäisten rantatie, Helsinki

1999 Sculpture, Kulttuuriareena Gloria, Opening exhibition, Helsinki

1998 Sculptures, Restaurant Cantina West, Helsinki
         TURN-ON, Sculptures, Sörnäisten taitotalo, Helsinki

         TURN-ON Sculptures, Stoa-galleria, Helsinki

2020 Forest Primeval, Hostler & Burrows Gallery, Inaugural Group Exhibition, 

         Los Angeles, CA
         TEOS 2020, Cable Factory, Helsinki
2019 Finlayson, Art Area, Himmelblau. Tampere
         Mänttä Art festival, Curator: Marja Helander
         Littala, Arabia Design Center
2018 Bela Biennal
         Karhulan hovi, Kotka
         Haihatus, Joutsa
         Gallery Old Smoke, Merikarvia
         About Clay- Fiskars
2016 Galleria Pirkko-Liisa Topelius: Kari Hakli, Kukka Paavilainen,
         Sakari Kannosto
2015 Sculptures, Art goes kapakka, Tsiigaa! Goes graffiti, Cafe Engel
         The news play of the week, Haihatus, Joutsa
2014 Ceramic on space, Desing museo, December 2014
         Border, Objekti , Espoo
2013 Border, Hyvinkään asuntomessut, Hyvinkää
         Artist chain-group exhibition, Blaue Fraue-group, Diana Teather, Helsinki


2012   Artists 2012, Art Hall of Helsinki
           Art Forum, Exhibition Hall of  Helsinki
           Ceramega, Voipaala art center, Valkeakoski
2011   Art forum, Exhibition Hall of Helsinki
           Ars Auttoinen, Ovi Rivoon
2010   FIDEM, Tampere Art museum
2009   Dream Speed, Honkahovi, Mänttä
2008   Suomen Taiteilijaseuran vuosinäyttely, Kuntsin nykytaiteen museo, Vaasa
           Behind the Mustache, Cable factory, Helsinki
           Ihme taidetta, Taidekeskus Ihana
2007   Tsiigaa, sculpture in Restaurant  Bank, Art Goes Kapakka, Helsinki
           V.I.P, 25 –Best artist in the Finland, Curator Jani Leinonen, Mänttä
2006   Art Supermarket, Gallerry Pikasso, Helsinki, Curator: Jani Leinonen
2005   Home, Vanha Kappalaisentalo, Porvoo
           Academy of fine arts, Graduate exhibition, Helsinki Art Museum,
           Finnish medail guilt, Tampere Art museum
2004   FIDEM –Medail biennal, Lissabon
           V.I.P – Academy of fine art, Corridor, Helsinki
           Iron casting symposium, Tallinna
           White. V.I.P Ruukki, Fiskars
           Ceramic, Voipaala Art center, Valkeakoski
           Hehku! – Ceramic happening, Kankaanpää
           Art symposium, Itämerikeskus, Kellokoski
2003   Academy of Fine arts, Group exhibition
           Art symposium, Itämerikeskus, Kellokoski
2002   FIDEM, Paris, France
           Medallic art on Purnu, Orivesi
2001   Forces of light, MEMORY, Esplanaadi, Helsinki
           Exhibition of young artists, Taidehalli/ Art hall of Helsinki
2000   FIDEM 2000, Weimar, Germany
           TERROR 2000, ROR –Group, Nordic House, Reykjavik, Island
           TERROR 2000, ROR –Group, INTO gallery, Helsinki

2019   Arabian Art Department Society
2008   Medallic guild of Finland
2006   Association of Finnish sculptors
2006   Helsinki Artist Association

The guild of medallic Art of Finland
National Museum of Finland
Art Museum of Tampere
State Art Collection
Private collections

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