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Jarmo Mäkilä

Jarmo Mäkilä lives and works in Helsinki, Finland

Jarmo Mäkilä is known for his versatility and ability to evolve his artistic expression. He combines historical and contemporary elements together with rich, baroque-like expression. The starting point is autobiographical: the themes usually revolve around the journey from childhood to adulthood and the acceptance of the past. Currently, his expressive work has been freed and solidified, as his boy-series have travelled ever further into the three-dimensional world in the form of sculptures and installations. Within the forest scenery, finely detailed drawing combines with expressive painting, while the interiors, respectively, contain photo-like quality refinement and clear composition displaying scenes of stage play.

The political movements and radical atmosphere of the late 1960s and early 1970s were reflected in Mäkilä’s early work. He painted in dark shades employing a realistic approach, and his subject matter featured working class themes. Later influences on Mäkilä’s expression included art history, comics, and images from the rock-n-roll and film industries. Particularly in the 1980s, Mäkilä’s topics were generated from popular culture and the phenomenon of consumer society. His ability to couple images from the media with mythological themes made him one of the most significant postmodern artists in Finland.

In recent years of his 40-year artistic career, Mäkilä has been internationally active. His work has been widely exhibited in galleries, museums and art fairs worldwide. He studied at the University of Helsinki’s School of Art and Design, and in the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. Mäkilä was awarded the Pro Finlandia-medal in 2002 and a Carnegie Art Award nominee in 2011. Mäkilä’s artworks have been collected by all major art museums in Finland, as well as by foundations, institutions and private collections around the world.






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Jarmo Mäkilä, Boy’s games Solo exhibition view from Pori art Museum 2012photo: Erkki Valli - Jaakola

Jarmo Makila’s retrospective exhibition view from Sara Hilden Art Museum 2017Installation: The Rejected 2016-17 , mixmedia, 75 boxes sizes about 5 * 6 m, paperworks: From the Series the Grammary of Decomposition, Acrylic on paper, one sizes 111 * 75 cm Photo: Jussi Koivunen

Jarmo Mäkilä, BandidosOil on canvas, 203 cm x 150 cm, 2019. Photo: Angel Gill.

Jarmo Mäkilä, SnowmanOil on canvas, 267 cm x 196 cm, 2020. Photo: Angel Gill.

Jarmo Makila explain his art to the Kemper museum’s staff 2015Dark Days, Bright Nights: Contemporary Paintings from Finland exhibition view from Kemper museum of contemporary art photo: Rauha Makila

Jarmo Mäkilä, Men’s room Solo exhibition view from Helsinki Art Museum 2008Installation: First schoolday (Beslan) 2008 , mixmedia paintings: PE Class 2007, oil on canvas, 203 * 151 cm and A Crisly Game 2007, oil on canvas, 203 *151 cm photo: Päivi Kettunen

Jarmo Mäkilä, Solo exhibition view from Galerie Favardin & de Verneuil Paris 2011photo: Päivi Kettunen

Jarmo Mäkilä, EUROPA, EUROPAOil on canvas, 223 cm x 165 cm, 2014. Photo: Jouko Vatanen

Jarmo Mäkilä, The Boy, who wanted wingsOil on canvas 75 cm x 60 cm, 2019. Photo: Angel Gill

Jarmo Mäkilä, Gate of SecretsOil on canvas, 267 cm x 196 cm, 2019. Photo: Angel Gill.

Jarmo Mäkilä, NarkissosOil on canvas, 196 cm x 150 cm, 2019. Photo: Angel Gill.

Jarmo Mäkilä, LevitationOil on canvas, 203 cm x 151 cm, 2007. Photo:Jouko Vatanen.

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