Matti Hagelberg & Katja Tukiainen

Katja Tukiainen

Katja Tukiainen was born year 1969 in Pori (Latin: Arctopolis), Finland as the first child to a young priest and pharmacist. Her strong and witty grandmother lived with her family, practicing yoga and oil painting. Young Katja followed the path of her granny and started to study both. So she has traveled the world doing yoga and presenting her paintings.

Katja got well known for her pink girl paintings already in the end of 1990’s. Katja’s painted degree for The Doctor of Fine Arts at The Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki is almost ready and is called The Girl Army –Narrative painting in space. Katja’s kind but not harmless Girl Army talks to you in her oil paintings and installations. She is painting with oil on linen but uses also spray paint as a memory from her illegal paintings she made as a teen in underpasses.

Katja is transforming both visual ideas from history and sayings emphasizing male supremacy to depict open-minded humanity in her paintings. The girls in her paintings are both innocent and sassy, and she wants to create places of enchantment with the paint.

Behind every great GIRL there is a GIRL and The GIRL is measured by her enemies, says Katja and adds: “Only the pure in heart shall see the unicorn”.

Location

Uusimaa

Born

1969

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Featured artwork

Katja Tukiainen, The Pure in Heart Shall See the UnicornOil and spray paint on canvas, 150 x 200 cm, 2021. Photo: Katja Tukiainen.

Katja Tukiainen, Faith Hope and LoveOil and spray paint on canvas, 200 x 200 cm, 2021. Photo: Katja Tukiainen.

Katja Tukiainen, Fear no GirlOil and spray paint on canvas, 200 x 200 cm, 2021. Photo: Katja Tukiainen.

Katja Tukiainen, Liberte, Egalite, SororireOil and spray paint on canvas, 200 x 200 cm, 2020 – 2021. Photo: Katja Tukiainen.

Katja Tukiainen, Paradis KOil on canvases, light pulps, wall painting and animation on the walls of Kiasma, Museum of contemporary art, height 8 meters, 2012. Photo: Katja Tukiainen.

Katja Tukiainen, Stay SafeOil on wooden panel, 50 x 50 cm, 2021. Photo: Katja Tukiainen.

Katja Tukiainen, Behind every great GIRL there is a GIRLOil and spray paint on canvas, 200 x 150 cm, 2017. Photo: Katja Tukiainen.

Katja Tukiainen, GIRLS will be GIRLSOil and spray paint on canvas, 200 x 150 cm, 2016. Photo: Katja Tukiainen.

Katja Tukiainen, a GIRL is measured by her enemiesOil and spray paint on canvas, 200 x 150 cm, 2017. Photo: Katja Tukiainen.

Katja Tukiainen, What would a GIRL doOil and spray paint on canvas, 200 x 150 cm, 2017. Photo: Katja Tukiainen.

Curriculum Vitae

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