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Sakari Kannosto - Artists + Designers - Hostler Burrows

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Sakari Kannosto (Finnish, b. 1973) is a multimedia artist working in Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa Finland, with a primary focus on ceramic sculptures and large-scale installations. His fantastical and figurative creatures are inspired by fables, Greek mythology, and Finnish folklore. As he sculpts part human, part mermaid, part animal beings, he references the Finnish myth that animals can shape shift, traveling between worlds as protectors. Imbued with whimsy and humor, Kannosto’s work is also underscored by a deep environmental consciousness. By reimagining a future where humans unite with nature to create adaptive, survivalist families, Kannosto addresses the potentially disastrous environmental consequences brought on by the industrialized world. For Kannosto, clay is crucial to the actualization of his work. As an ancient medium, it has long been a conduit for coded information. He continues in this vein, luring magic out of the clay as he creates a cast of creatures for modern fairytales. There is something deeply hopeful here.

Kannosto graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Helsinki in 2005. In 2014 he was granted an honorary award for environmental education due to his work as a lecturer and educator. After completing an artist in residence at the Arabia Art Department in Helsinki, he became a permanent member of the department in January of 2020 and is now the chairman of the board. He is a Lecturer of Fine Arts at Omnia in Espoo, and has exhibited widely. Notably, his work can be found in the collections of the National Museum of Finland and the Art Museum of Tampere.


b. 1973, Helsinki, Finland

2011    Haaga-Helia, University of Applied Sciences
2005    Academy of Fine Arts, Department of Sculpture, Helsinki, Finland
1998    UIAH, Open University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland
1994    Visual Arts School of Helsinki, Finland

2022   Children of the Flood, HB381, New York, NY
           Leirintäalue, Mänttä, Finland
           Spring Song, S/E/B Bank, Window Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
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

2023   Northern Latitude 60.20890: The Arabia Art Department Society’s 20th
           ​​​​Anniversary Exhibition, Iittala & Arabia Design Centre, Helsinki, Finland
           ​​​​​​​Atelier Life, Hvitträsk National Museum of Finland, Kirkkonummi, Finland
2022   Imago Mundi, Surrealism Exhibition, Gallery Ice Room, Joutsa, Finland
           ​​​​​​​Camping site, Art House Brander, Mänttä, Finland
2021   Culture Action, Grand Popo, Benin
           ​​​​​​​Contemporary Finnish Artists, Hostler Burrows, New York, NY
           ​​​​​​​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, CA
           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,
           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,
           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

The Guild of Medallic Art of Finland
National Museum of Finland
Art Museum of Tampere, Finland
State Art Collection of Finland

Vantaa Artist Association
Arabia Art Department Society
The Guild of Medallic Art of Finland
Association of Finnish sculptors
Helsinki Artist Association

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