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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.

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SAKARI KANNOSTO
b. 1973, Helsinki, Finland

EDUCATION
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

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2022   Leirintäalue, Mänttä, Finland (Forthcoming)
2021   On The Beach, Gumbostrand Konst & Form, Sipoo, Finland
2020   Mole, Chantarelle & Lollipop Tree, Galleria Saskia, Tampere, Finland
2018   Ark I, Library of Sello, Espoo, Finland
           Media Igloo, Gallery Mältinranta, Finland
           Media Igloo, Omnia, Espoo, Finland
2017   Ceramic Art, Restaurant Silvoplee, Helsinki, Finland
           Ark I, Omnia, Espoo, Finland
           Sakari Kannosto, Galleria Sculptor, Helsinki Finland
2014   Afri-Chicken, Gran Popo, Benin
2013   Border, Omnia, Espoo, Finland
2007   Dream Speed, Galleria Katariina, Helsinki, Finland
2003   Beach Gallery, Järvenpää, Finland
           Tieto-Enator, Gallen Kallela Museum, Espoo, Finland
2002    Perho Perhe, Butterfly Family, Sörnäinen, Helsinki, Finland
1999    Sculptures, Inaugural Exhibition, Kulttuuriareena Gloria, Helsinki, Finland
1998    Sculptures, Restaurant Cantina West, Helsinki, Finland
            TURN-ON, Sörnäinen Art House, Helsinki, Finland
            TURN-ON, Stoa-galleria, Helsinki, Finland

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2021   Culture Action, Grand Popo, Benin
           Clay Ceremony: Riska, Kannosto, Anoschkin, Huotari, Riitahuhta, Muji,
                Helsinki, Finland
           On the Edge, Korundi, Rovaniemi Art Museum, Finland
           Burning Desire, Avantgardevekkula, Haihatus, Joutsa, Finland
           TEOS, Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland
2020   Animal Dam, Topi Ruotsalainen, Galleria Pato, Kuusankoski, Finland
           Arabia Art Department Society: New Seasons, Muji, Kamppi, Finland
           Erotic Art Vol 2., Galleria Pirkko-Liisa Topelius, Helsinki, Finland
           Group Exhibition, S/E/B Bank Gallery, Etelä-Esplanadi 18, Helsinki, Finland
           Ceramega 2020, Särmä, Voipaala Art Center, Voipaala, Finland
           Avantgardevekkula, Haihatus, Joutsa, Finland
           Forest Primeval, Inaugural Exhibition, Hostler Burrows, Los Angeles, USA
           TEOS 2020, Cable Factory, Helsinki, Finland
2019   Finlayson, Art Area, Himmelblau, Tampere, Finland
           Group Exhibition, curated by Marja Helander, Mänttä, Finland
           Group Exhibition, Iittala & Arabia Design Center, Helsinki, Finland
2018   Karhulan Hovi, Haihatus, Joutsa, Finland
           Gallery Old Smoke, Merikarvia, Finland
           About Clay, Fiskars Village, Finland
2016   Kari Hakli, Kukka Paavilainen, Sakari Kannosto, Galleria Pirkko-Liisa Topelius,
                Helsinki, Finland
2015   Sculptures, Art Goes Kapakka, Tsiigaa! Goes Graffiti, Cafe Engel, Helsinki, Finland
           The News Play of the Week, Haihatus, Joutsa, Finland
2014   Ceramics and Space: The Exhibition of Contemporary Finnish Ceramics, Design
                Museo, Helsinki, Finland
           Objekti, Espoo Kunsthalle, Finland
2013   Border, Hyvinkään Asuntomessut, Hyvinkää, Finland
           Artist Chain, Blaue Fraue-group, Diana Teather, Helsinki, Finland

2012  Artists 2012, Helsinki Kunsthalle, Finland
          Art Forum, Helsinki Kunsthalle, Finland
          Ceramega, Voipaala Art Center, Valkeakoski, Finland
2011   Art Forum, Exhibition Hall of Helsinki, Finland
          Ars Auttoinen, Ovi Rivoon, Finland
2010   FIDEM, Tampere Art Museum, Finland
2009   Dream Speed, Honkahovi, Mänttä, Finland
2008   Annual Exhibition of the Finnish Artists’ Association, Kuntsin Nykytaiteen Museo,
                Finland
           Behind the Mustache, Cable factory, Helsinki, Finland
           Miracle Art, Taidekeskus Ihana
2007   Tsiigaa, Art Goes Kapakka, Helsinki, Finland
           V.I.P. 25 – Best Artists in the Finland, Curator Jani Leinonen, Mänttä, Finland
2006   Art Supermarket, Gallerry Pikasso, Helsinki, Finland
2005   HOME, Vanha Kappalaisentalo, Porvoo, Finland
           Academy of Fine Arts, Graduate Exhibition, Helsinki Art Museum, Tennispalatsi,
                Finland
           Finnish Medal Guild, Tampere Art Museum, Finland
2004   V.I.P – Academy of Fine Art, Helsinki, Finland
           White, V.I.P Ruukki, Fiskars Village, Finland
           Ceramic, Voipaala Art Center, Valkeakoski, Finland
           Hehku! – Ceramic Happening, Kankaanpää, Finland
2003   Academy of Fine Arts, Group Exhibition, Helsinki, Finland
2002   Medallic Art on Purnu, Orivesi, Finland
2001   Forces of light, MEMORY, Esplanadi, Helsinki, Finland
           Exhibition of Young Artists, Helsinki Kunsthalle, Finland
2000   TERROR 2000, ROR –Group, Nordic House, Reykjavik, Iceland
          TERROR 2000, ROR –Group, INTO gallery, Helsinki, Finland

MEMBERSHIPS
Vantaa Artist Association
Arabia Art Department Society
Medallic guild of Finland
Association of Finnish sculptors
Helsinki Artist Association

SELECTED COLLECTIONS
The Guild of Medallic Art of Finland
National Museum of Finland
Art Museum of Tampere
State Art Collection of Finland
Private collections

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