Ville Löppönen (b. 1980, Savonlinna) graduated from the Department of Painting at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2007 and Master of Orthodox Theology from the University of Eastern Finland in 2018. Löppönen has participated in group exhibitions in Finland and abroad, both in Europe and North America. His solo exhibitions have been shown, e.g. in Mikkeli Art Museum in 2015, and in the Bonnafont Gallery in San Francisco in 2013. His works are represented in public collections, e.g. the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, The Niemistö Collection and the Finnish Art Society, as well as in numerous private collections in Finland and abroad. Löppönen has also participated in art fairs including the VOLTA8 Basel Art Fair in 2012 (with Gallery Kalhama & Piippo Contemporary, Helsinki), and the TIAF Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, in 2013 (with De Luca Fine Art Gallery, Toronto). In 2013, his portrait of the Finnish painter Henry Wuorila-Stenberg won third prize at Portrait Now! the Brewer J.C. Jacobsen’s Portrait Award in Denmark.
Löppönen is fascinated by the idea of light as a creative force and as a driver of metamorphosis. Light is part of a painting’s colours and forms, but Löppönen has also contemplated the deeper nature of light – how it can change something that already exists and our interpretation of it.