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AVA International Art Festival 2016 OSAKA




In AVA Art Festival will meet contemporary art from Japan, Finland, Sweden, Portugal and Brazil.

KITAI Gallery

AVA Gallery visits KITAI Gallery in Tokyo, Japan.

New York

Exhibition of Brazilian and International Contemporary Art in Consulate Geral of Brazil.

AVA Gallery

Located opposite the Helsinki Art Museum on Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu, is a small friendly gallery that works in co-operation with the association Arte Vida Arte to support the Art School CASA.


Art school CASA (Centro de Assistencia Social e Artistica) was founded in August 2005 by Helena and Edson Cardoso. Art School is ment for underprivileged children living in the favela of Cidade de Deus - City of God, in Rio de Janeiro. 3

AVA Art Festival 2016 OSAKA In AVA Art Festival will meet contemporary art from Japan, Finland, Sweden, Portugal and Brazil. Exhibition will take place in Enokojima Art, Culture and Creative Center in Osaka. Curators are Yasuo Kitai, director of Gallery KITAI in Tokyo and Edson Cardoso, director of AVA Galleria in Helsinki. After Osaka the AVA Art festival will occur in Brazil and in Sweden during 2016-2017.

Following artists are participating:




Hanna Varis Liisa Knuuti Heidi Vasara Taru Tomperi Ilona Rytkönen Totte Mannes Moosa Myllykangas Virpi Leinonen Kirsi Jaakkola Mervi Karhunen Tuuli Helve Anu Eskelin Merja Hujo Merja Nykänen Marjatta Ranta-Iso Iria Ciecka Schmidt Saila Seppo

Bo Alström Carina Fogde

Cecilia Rondon Claudia Colagrande Adriana Florence Merie Mercier Marcello Romeiro Erisson Thompson

Japan Hiroko Ikegami Kunio Abe Mizuho Koyama Masaki Matsushita Yukiharu Sugimoto Reiko Tsunashima

Portugal Sónia Domingues


Gallery KITAI Director Yasuo Kitai 1-9-16 Showamachi, Kita-ku, Tokyo 114-0011 Japan Tel. +81 (0)3 5692 6552 Fax. +81 (0)3 5692 6553 info@kitaikikaku.co.jp www.kitaikikaku.co.jp Gallery KITAI has been dealing Japanese contemporary Sumi (Japanese ink) art, called “Sumi-ism�, and other contemporary art since 1998 in Tokyo, Japan.




Hiroko Ikegami http://e-nihonga.jp/ hirokoikegami1@gmail.com Hiroko Ikegami is a Japanese-style painter. She studied at Kyoto Saga Art College, specializing in the conservation and restoration of cultural property. Against a background of Japanese philosophy, aesthetics and culture, she has continued to draw and paint the nature of Japan for over 18 years. As well as being highly praised within Japan, her work has also been featured in numerous international exhibitions.

Lotus (gold) ø 30 cm Pure gold, powdered mineral pigment 2016 9

Kunio Abe www.kitaikikaku.co.jp/artists/abekunio/ The artwork “Vision” series of Kunio Abe is like the scenery as if looking through a microscope appears on the canvas. Elementary particle which is the minimum unit constituting the substance, as to form the shape of everything gathered them, what we have usually eyes, or what convinced that is visible was limited in how superficial he asks. Continuous reticulated world as elastic waves looks like cells constituting the organism. Also the black line and object that appear in there seem to represent the whereabouts of the signal of the intention and feelings of organisms. Gravitational wave is called a phenomenon that travels at the speed of light as a wave by the time variation of the distortion of space-time that happened in the universe. If an organism is likened to a universe, intention and feelings that daily occur in a variety of causes emitted become a wave as the gravity wave. The “Vision” series portrays such as the "truth of the universe" and "origin of organisms " and the deep in the back of the more light and shadow.

Vision #2 73 cm × 100 cm Oil, gesso on canvas 2015


Mizuho Koyama http://mizuho-koyama.com/ www.kitaikikaku.co.jp/artists/koyamamizuho/ Calli-Graphiti - New Liberation of Sho Mizuho Koyama devoted herself for many years to the study of calligraphy under a teacher who placed a high value on traditional sho. Subsequently, in the course of her exploration of her own expressions, she has eagerly read, listened to and paid close attention to a variety of things including poems and stories in order to absorb them, a practice that has eventually enabled her to make three innovations. Her first innovation has been to make use of poetry in English and other types of alphanumeric writing that people all over the world can read. Secondly, she has incorporated factors taken from the free graffiti that grew up on the streets of New York, which can be regarded as the extreme opposite from traditional sho with its rigid rules of character expression. Thirdly, she has ingeniously harmonized on paper the classics and techniques of sho that she has learned with the two innovations above to establish her original style of expression. At the core of these three successful innovations is her grand wish to create works that touch the conscience and aesthetic sense shared by people around the world deep in their hearts beyond the borders of nationality, religion and the era—a wish that she expresses in simple black and white.

Only Breath 137 Ă— 134 cm diptych Sumi-ink, pencil on paper over wood panel, acrylic Plexiglas covered 2014


Masaki Matsushita www.mm-multiverse.com www.kitaikikaku.co.jp/artists/matsushitamasaki

Method of Color Segmentation a part of original image

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color separation

reduce pixels

segment each pixel value to ten steps

subtractive color mixing

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integrate images

final result

transform value to area


to other patterns or a random order

Buddha - 2 73 × 61 cm Acrylic on canvas 2015


Yukiharu Sugimoto www.yukiharusugimoto.com

I always produce works choosing human-beings as a theme, for example, emotion arising naturally in the mind, consciousness formed for a long time, meaning of life, etc. I understand all of those in a positive way, reconstruct them in a new way and bring out the meaning or the value of life vividly. Moreover I’d like to suggest a direction of hope to people and the society through my works. My technique of repeat and accumulation, characteristic of my works, has an important role to symbolize infinity and universality. I’m recently producing works by using the material characteristic of transparent resin clay. My artistic technique is to paste objects on the theme of humane life, or objects designed in the motif of nature on translucent acrylic plates. These many objects express the images of the filters purifying peoples' mind.

Lights of several million people 70 Ă— 45 cm Transparent resin clay, ink, acrylic plate 2015 14

Reiko Tsunashima www.kitaikikaku.co.jp/artists/tsunashimareiko Tsunashima, who graduated from Musashino College of Art and Design, learned calligraphy as a member of Toyo Shogeiin and then went independent. Since 2001, when she presented her works at an art fair in Belgium, she has been releasing works at various art fairs held in New York, Milan, Switzerland, Shanghai, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Singapore and other places and these efforts have met a very favorable response. In 2002, she published a collection of works entitled “Scene of Sumi,” containing works that are abstract representations using sumi. The subjects are apparently natural landscapes, which she calls “all scenes of sumi.” Because the climate at the time of production has a significant impact on the conditions of sumi, water and paper, the works are also characterized as being “collaborations with nature.” The contingency of the blurring of sumi in the process of moving the brush is an inevitable process that can be used to express “something” that emanates there. Meanwhile, the cutting and layout of the mats on the panels are elaborately calculated, which contributes to an established style of expression that is both simple and original.

A Grain of Light 35 × 35 cm Sumi-ink, paper, paper mat, wood panel 2015 15

Liisa Knuuti

liisa.knuuti@gmail.com www.liisaknuuti.fi LIISA KNUUTI AS AN ARTIST I am working in Espoo at the Metropolitan area of Finland at the Artist house of M채kkyl채. I have got my painting knowledge mostly fom Stockholm, Sweden, where I lived for a period of time. The most important thing for me in painting is the colours. My colours find their forms in nature. I think the most interesting in the nature are the tiny elements like leaves, roots, seeds, and bulbs.They carry the secrets and the beauty of the nature inside. They offer interesting forms and ideas for a painter. In these Osaka paintings I have created rough-surfaced canvas on purpose. I have made the colours by my self with pigments and binder. I have explored how the light moves and reflect on the surface of rough painting. I think it is fascinating. The topics of the Osaka paintings come the first named (Supermoon) from the space and the other one (Hope, Burden, and Farewell) from the poem that tells us how breakable and passing the human life is.

Hope, Burden, Farewell, 60 x 60 cm Mixed technique on canvas 2016 16

Supermoon 60 x 60 cm Mixed tecnique on canvas 2016


Heidi Vasara

heidi@heidivasara.fi www.kuvataiteilijamatrikkeli.fi/fi/taiteilijat/2485

I am painter. I mainly paint by oil or watercolor. The main subjects of my paintings are the view, the space and the environment. I am fascinated by traditional landscape painting. The basis of my artwork is to create an illusion of the three-dimensional space and to make a viewer reflect the meaning of the environment. My artistic working focuses on having constant dialogue with the surrounding reality. Its existence and expressions are made real by painting. My purpose is not to present a detailed and skillful perception of the object, but to reveal its inner world and to achieve an aesthetic value.

The Wall 35,5 x 51 cm Ink and aquarelle 2014 18

Constructive Environment 35,5 x 51 cm Aquarelle and ink 2014


Taru Tomperi www.tarutomperi.fi www.kuvataiteilijamatrikkeli.fi (search by name) tarut@kolumbus.fi

On the wall, paintings ”Incident” and ”Haiku”

Taru Tomperi is visual artist, painter and art’s teacher. She has held several individual exhibitions and participated in more than one hundred joint exhibitions in Finland and abroad. Over the years, she has used numerous different painting techniques, but lately she has mainly concentrated on aquarelle technique. Her interest towards watercolours was awakened partly through possibilities that lie in this technique. The technical challenges are huge, but so can be the rewards too. Water and pigment often react in an unexpected way with each other due to the changing factors in the way of working. The final result is influenced by e.g. the proportion of the colour and water, their relationship to each another, quickly changing wetness of the painting surface and the ambient temperature. Taru ´s pictures often move between abstract and realistic. The themes arise out of her inner world and experience. Those sometimes change and take unidentifiable forms in her mind. Her art works can be interpreted in many different ways. Every interpretation in equally correct.


Philosopher, 63 x 61 cm, Aquarelle, 2015

Fishing , 63 x 61 cm, Aquarelle, 2013


Ilona Rytkönen

www.ilonas.fi ilona.rytkonen@gmail.com Ilona Rytkönen, a painter in middle of Finland, the Land of Ice and Snow. The short time I spent in the 90's in Latin America, has affected my art and my soul. At the same time, when I was studying the Spanish language, I learned body language. I had to observe my surroundings, to make me aware of dangers. I studied people's movements and gestures, in order to understand what is happening. That observation is still going on. The most common motive for my art is people. Even in landscape painting, there is a human being too. I am particularly interested in his movement and posture. The wrist, neck or pelvic posture tells me about the person's feelings. Those feelings build the atmosphere of my paintings by metaphoric way. For example, the skating person in my painting is not only doing muscle activity, but above all it is an expression of freedom, joy or flirting. I'm not interested in documenting people, although there is some realism in my paintings. But I am fascinated by realism with little symbolic and mystical characters in the atmosphere. Having something more than real life has. The finnish Art critic Hannu Castrén has defined my art style as Magical Realism. My main technique is oil painting, but sometimes I use pastels, ink, pencil and woodcut. If You want to know more, look at www. ilonas.fi


Sunday on the Ice of a Finnish Lake, No 1, 41 x 38 cm, oil on canvas, 2015

Sunday on the Ice of a Finnish Lake, No 2 41 x 38 cm Oil on canvas 2015


Carina Fogde www.fogde.se carina@fogde.se Carina Fogde, Sweden. Works with painting, photograph, sculpture, graphic and video art. In here color足saturation paintings we find selection of motivs that she draws from the environment she lives in. The paintings read the abstract landscapes and lets different layers break through. She works often with the shapes of houses and boats recur in many of her motifs, lonely houses who transformed into symbols of identity and body, and represents the solitary monument in a space where they do not belong. The artworks characters with an inner potential, about to be born, naked and isolated from the urban environment. Knowledge gets the objective from the nature and each body has a place it naturally belongs.


Reflection XXX, 80 x 80 cm, Oil on canvas

Reflection XXXI 100 x 100 cm Oil on canvas


Totte Mannes www.flickr.com/people/tottemannes/ tottemannes@yahoo.es From its start, my art has been “different”. I cannot help it.. I am orderly because orderliness gives a sensation of security. I have always painted series. I choose one theme or method of which I paint tens of variations.The reason why I do not do “action painting” , as thousands of male artists do, is that I like painting so much that I cannot leave it so easily. In 1984 – 1989 I was an ”action painter”. Artists rejoiced, they said my paintings were “real art”. But I got fed up and as my storage space filled up with rapidly painted works, I began again to paint a work a longer time because I love working. I try to produce a 3 – dimensional effect to my paintings which gives more life to the artworks, and I only paint with oil in a classical way,


Blue Shadow, 60 x 60 cm, Oil on canvas, 2016

Kiemura 2 60 x 60 cm Oil on canvas 2016


Virpi Leinonen

www.virpileinonenart.net virpi.leinonen2@luukku.com www.kuvataiteilijamatrikkeli.fi/fi/taiteilijat/3254 As a photographic artist, and with both art and science in my life, I like to experiment. There is often a conceptual art viewpoint. The four seasons of Finland have seen me travel with my camera, guided by our cultural myths, in ice and water and among the clouds. In my ongoing project I discuss with European art history. Photography and painting meet when my camera is a brush and my movements create a painter´s style. Those art history´s iconic flowers, tulips, interpret the styles of modern art. They become abstract colour music, full of energy. Light, colours, composition: everything is original, because there is no image-editing. My images document the moments of intensive seeing. I am always interested in how we observe our world and find meaning in it. Although an immaterial image may change into a solid work of art for an exhibition, it is in a way reborn every time when somebody - people with different life stories - looks at it and experiences a feeling. Art is communication.


Imagine Happiness 45 x 60 cm Silisec (acrylic glass and aluminium dibond) 2014

And Like Love 45 x 60 cm Silisec (acrylic glass and aluminium dibond) 2014


Kirsi Jaakkola kirsijaakkola.blogspot.fi kirsi.jaakkola@gmail.com www.kuvataiteilijamatrikkeli.fi/fi/taiteilijat/3298

I am a visual artist living and working in Kankaanpää, Finland. The themes of my art works are mighty based on mundane. Daily grey as a metaphor as well as a conseptual way of thinking of a colours are the key combination of working with the theme. Memories, present and future dreams are joining to statements and shouts of daily joys and challences. By varieting the level of abstraction, mundane stories are projecting more complex layer of experiences. Ostensible carefee colourfullness or mundane grey might conceal way more than meets the eye.

Secret Ø 39 cm Mixed media 2014 30

Escape (Daydreaming) V Ă˜ 57 cm Mixed media 2011


Mervi Karhunen www.kuvataiteilijamatrikkeli.fi/en/artists/2468 mkarhunen@gmail.com Mervi Karhunen has graduated from The Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki and has had solo exhibitions and taken part in group exhibitions since 1994. She is represented in the collections of Helsinki Art Museum and The Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, as well as private collections. She lives and works in Helsinki as a painter and art teacher. “My paintings are poems of colour and light. When painting with ink I add alternately colour and water. Colour creates form and movement, water creates light and space. The process of painting is a balance between let-go and control. I have an academic background in painting as well as studies in expressive arts therapy. The art therapy studies have involved the body and added movement in the process of painting. I have made the paintings outside and the surrounding nature: its sounds, light and fragrance– as well as the inner landscape of my experiences and inner movements - have filtered into the paintings.�


The Colors of Dreams, ink on paper, 76 x 56 cm, 2013

Embraced by Joy, 76 x 56 cm, ink on paper, 2013 33

Tuuli Helve www.muu.fi/Tuuli_Helve_Portfolio/index.html www.kuvataiteilijamatrikkeli.fi/fi/taiteilijat/3389 tuuli.helve@gmail.com

Tuuli Helve is a Finnish visual artist who studied Fine arts in Turku Art Academy and Graphic arts in Lahti Art Institute and did her MA studies in University of Arts and Design, Helsinki. She combines photography and printmaking in her work. She takes pictures - collects them, and later uses them as a material for her new, recomposed graphic versions. Prints become graphic collages – decorative wallpaper-like patterns, or imaginary yard-environments. Both prints are parts of larger installations: ”Home” (2008) and ”Shed, Granary, Barn-Collections” (2012). These prints share her interest in architecture, housing areas and environment.


Home - Wallpaper and Textile Imitations '3, Polymer print, 52 x 52 cm, 2008

Shed, Granary, Barn -Collections - Yard Compositions '5. 52 x 52 cm Paper lithography 2012


Anu Eskelin

www.anueskelin.com A German sculptor, Sabine Kuehnle, a friend of mine, describes my paintings: Through the movement with which Eskelin applies paint to the canvas she consciously lets herself be led into the depth of oblivion, into the realm of the subconscious. Memories emerge, want to surface along with her. These are traces of landscapes, figures and architectural fragments, which are revealed to us in the interaction of shapes forming and dissolving. It is a to and fro, a hesitant revealing and concealing of the emerging images. “Through the application of individual coats of paint the themes that seeks visualization gradually reveals itself,” explains the artist. The images come to her. During the painting process she effectively moves between the two worlds. She ventures on the experience of the abyss. Our eyes glide as if in dance across Anu Eskelin’s paintings, repeatedly pausing, finding rest. At a place that seems to be both paradisiacal and past, lost. We might sense what is portrayed but we cannot grasp it. As if we were in a dream-like Arcadia, the place associated with man’s longings. But there are breaks. It is a reflected longing we are dealing with. Elegiac subjects contrast with the often vibrant colors on the canvas. The contemplative encounters the dynamic, the unconscious meets the conscious. When we look at the paintings we move between what are seemingly opposites.


Some Other Day, 60 x 60 cm, Acrylic on canvas, 2016

Some Other Place 60 x 60 cm Acrylic on canvas 2016


Merja Nykänen (1967) www.merjanykanen.fi merja@merjanykanen.fi

I am a visual artist from Central Finland, living and working in Jyväskylä. I primarily work in installation but I also paint in tempera and oil. In my work, content is of the utmost importance and my pieces usually deal with society and societal values. For the past few years I have studied our social values and how these values affect our society as a whole. The work “Ladybug Girl” is about loneliness and the piece ”Laughing I walk as if I were King” is about selfirony.

Laughing I walk as if I were King Installation Height 25 cm Width 60 cm Paper-maché, readymade, acrylic paint 2015 38

Ladybug Girl Installation Height 50 cm Width 25 cm Depth 20 cm Paper-machĂŠ, ready-made, spray-paint 2014


Saila Seppo saila.seppo@greenbutton.fi My artistic approach focuses on the beauty of nature, on the colours we all see around us. I like to observe and enjoy the different shades of colours and the relationships between them. The plant and animal kingdoms abound with vivid colours. My intention is to mimic the hues of flowers and animals in my abstract 3D artwork. For me, the strongest and most remarkable aspect is the colours and their various combinations. I would like to study how colours are related to each other and how colours appear in relief. It is important for me to find just the right colours for both higher and lower parts of the surfaces. My cellulose relief works may reveal the idea in an abstract, manyfaced and delicate manner. I like to break intangible things into little pieces and, in a sense, rename or reorganise them by using the material’s 3D structure. Very often in these cases, the question arises about what the essential impression is. Through my artwork, I explore how colours work together and interact into a philosophical expression. Colours can communicate and express feelings. My art YLE/Harri Hinkka comes from deep within me. I use a new type of cellulose fibre. I wet the fibres and colour them. Then I produce my artwork and dry it. The resulting material can be very fragile and light, but rough and hard at the same time. It also lends itself to making free sculptural forms. The material makes the colours shine very brightly, like the colours of beautiful butterflies.


Hiding, 30 x 42 cm, acrylics & micro cellulose, 2014

Buttons, 30 x 42 cm, acrylics & micro cellulose, 2014 41

Merja Hujo Lives and works in Helsinki Light and shadow in all life and nature are the main sources for my artistic work. I have a passion to find new perspectives and ways to express them in my artwork. I mainly paint with oil but I also use acrylics and mixed media depending on a theme I am working on.


Interpretation of The Northern Skymotion 50 x 126 cm, triptych Oil on canvas 2016


Before Sunset 40 x 80 cm, diptych Oil on canvas 2016


Hanna Varis www.hannavaris.com Hanna Varis, born in 1959, graphic artist and painter from Finland. Master of Arts, graduated from the University of Art and Design (Aalto University), Helsinki in 1990. Member of the Painters´ Union of Finland and the Association of Finnish Printmakers. Participated in NUROPE, Nomadic University for Art, Philosophy and Enterprise in Europe, 2006-2010 (Åbo Akademi) She has had over 70 solo exhibitions in Finland and elsewhere in Europe since 1983. She has participated in over 130 group exhibitions in Finland and abroad since 1984. Her works can be found in Vienna's Albertina Museum's collections in Austria, as well as Finland's most important collections in Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Amos Anderson Museum, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum, Helsinki City Art Museum, as well as in the collections of several cities. Hanna was awarded the Kalevala Jewelry´s 60th Anniversary Certificate of Honour in 1997 and the State Award for the 3-year artist grant in 2003-2006. Critic of Hanna Varis solo exhibition by Maria Ollikainen, Etelä-Suomen Sanomat (Southern Finland Newspaper), 10/22/2012: “In the middle of the autumn rains solo exhibition of Hanna Varis is like manna from heaven .... She looks at the world with great gentleness and picks up into her works ingredients of a good life. Cynical viewer might like her works to be naive. To those who are in love of life, they are views on how the essential speaks to the man. Her topics are not easy. They are the things that we avoid confronting with teeth and nails to hide the fragility of ourselves. The benevolence of her art is disarming. “


Dance of Joy, 20 x 15 cm, Etching, 2014

Joy is embracing the world 50 x 40 cm Etching and aquatint 2014


Moosa Myllykangas www.moosamyllykangas.com

Photo by Kati Leinonen

I have been working professionally for 20 years with different materials, such as industrial waste, metal, plastic, acrylic, polycarbonate and ready made-objects. I have done installations, site-specific works and various large and small pieces of artwork. Daylight, shadows, transparency, as well as mass and power of used materials play elemental role in my works.


Ice 2016


Marjatta Ranta-Iso marjatta@sturon.net www.sturon.net/Marjattasart

I started making blockprints already in Finland. Later I went to the Netherlands to study in Art Academy Minerva 1978. Nowadays I still work as an artist and I am a member of A Blockprinting assosiation 'Noorderlijke hoogdrukkers HOLT 20 years. I am exhibiting frequently in the Netherlands and abroad.

Early Spring 36 x 36 cm without passepartoura, Includied passepartura 60 x 60 cm Blockprint 2002 48

Moon Crecent 36 x 36 cm without passepartoura, Includied passepartura 60 x 60 cm Blockprint 2002


Iria Ciekca Schmidt´s art comes from the northern

nature and Finnish culture but also the number of years of art education. Ciekca Schmidt was born near Artic Ocean. The art studies took her to the south and abroad. She did not think about her own identity, until working with the group exploring ethnic arts in Holland, she encountered her own background and made a series of paintings of Sámi. Ciekca Schmidt's work, such as the Eight seasons is related to Sámi culture and Arctic nature. She often uses strong red, blue and orange – colours of the northern polar sky. The sun, the moon and stars are important in mythologies and her art. While Sami is a powerful source of inspiration, Ciekca Schmidt has also been inspired by African cultures and landscapes.

The Eight seasons 150 x 150 cm Mixed media


Cecília Rondon Formada em Comunicação Visual pela Faculdade Armando Álvares Penteado, FAAP-SP, reside e trabalha desde 1980 no Rio de Janeiro. Completou sua formação no Rio de Janeiro, freqüentando a escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage, em cursos práticos e teóricos. Tem participado de diversas exposições, projetos,tendo integrado o grupo do atelier/galeria Clarabóia Arte Contemporânea, entre outros. * Quando percorro o olhar sobre trabalhos que tenho realizado no decorrer dos anos, observo, que através da mudança de cores da minha palheta, as cores que somem, as que chegam e se instalam...as que voltam...posso ler acontecimentos e estados emocionais do meu ser interno, do mais profundo da minha alma. Os trabalhos são resultados destas partes que me habitam... O Ser que conceitua, analisa, estuda... O Ser que Sente e se Expressa nos vermelhos, pretos, azuis, verdes, amarelos sem fim... When I look to the work I have done over the years I can see the deepest parts of myself. I can recognize, through changes in the color palette, emotional states that accompanied periods of my life. An nconscious choice of color to express feelings of my soul. My work is the result of an intuitive walk through life. Always looking, thinking, conceptualizing, feeling and expressing in the blacks, blues, greens, and endless yellows.

Vermelho derramado 140 x 70 cm lona resinada, tinta acrilica, colagem e dobradura s/madeira 2012


Bo Alström Bo Alström is a history painter, a uniquely modern representative of an age-old tradition. At the same time, he is a philosophical and profoundly intuitive modern artist. He empathizes with the experiences of people in distant times and places while maintaining a highly-calibrated sensitivity to color, form, and composition. Alström’s curiosity about human character and motivation, about past events, and about the world in which he lives finds expression in exhilerating images where abstraction and representation and description and imagination collide, interact, and harmonize. In this sense, Alström is a revolutionary history painter. The original intention of history painting was to clearly depict a particular event in order to convey an unambiguous message about the event’s meaning and significance. In contrast, Alström avoids exactitude. His postmodernist way of thinking has led him to the belief that every event, every situation has many interrelated and often competing narratives, and reflecting on these possibilities is something he wants to encourage in the viewer. Alström combines master draftsmanship with coloristic expression. Like pioneer expressionist Wassily Kandinsky (18661944), color and form have clearly defined, independent roles. With their elegaic moods, dynamic symphonies of color, and references to the past, Alström’s paintings invite the viewer to reflect on what has been and what is to come. Just as the burst of pigment in Alström’s paintings consititute the raw material of things as yet unformed, so the world we live in is filled with embryonic possibilities. Alström’s paintings are powerful and poignant reminders of the capacity of the individual imagination and will to create the world in which (s)he lives and a humbling reminder that our actions can have unintended consequences. Dr. Michelle Facos Associate Professor History of Art Indiana University, Bloomington


S책som i tidens andedr채kt 100 x 130 cm 2015


REGINA RICCI www.reginaricci.com Objects "Words" Objects "Words" are verses which intertwine in a a volatile role-changing movement between shapes and words that, once plasticised, are embeded, incrusted in a continous weave, in a process within space-time where technology segments itself as a present-time muse. In this sense we beat a retreat, towards the flask of the reserves, of the relics: the praxis of human enterprise. And in order to enrich our life-giving experience, we journey and dive around the sources of our own instinctive reactions, our values and meanings, our protective module. We then set course towards living in the company of the reserve of our roots, with the daily life that home making itself proposes: the prompt reestablishing of the natural order of things. By retorting to such practices, actions and decisions, we touch the warp of the cloth =of the social fabric we aim to revet ourselves with. Oniric dream? Penelope's dream? Weave the cloak. Seek the warp and mount the weft Recover the cloth. Weave the cloak. Sacred cloak. Mary's cloak. Mary of the calloused hands on which the imprint of M - from Mother - brings the indelible seal of the role of Woman. Weave the cloak. With bleached bags that in a moment get imprinted and gone grey with the soot of servile work. Cloths that get configured as palimpsests with overlayings of layers imprinted by pain and by the the efforts of the work to be done. Achieve and compose the symbolic production of passion. Overcome the anguish and promote the freed from the downtrodden. Be able to be and attain the long-sought dream. There is, in our view, the myth of the role of Woman! ReginaRicci / março 2015 versão José Rafael Neves


POEMA PARA UM POVO 67 x 52 cm Mista: tecidos/fios/parafina/verniz 1999 - Recomposição 2015

MITO DO CORDEL II 75 x 90 cm Fios trançados em tear manual s/tecido/sustentação em eixo cilíndrico de madeira marfim 1996 - Recomposição 2015 55

Claudia Colagrande claucolagrande@gmail.com www.claudiacolagrande.blogspot.com skype: Claudia.colagrande1 Claudia was born in S達o Paulo, in 1966. Brazilian artist, she was graduated in fine arts at the School of Fine Arts of S達o Paulo and had postgraduate degree in History of Art. Specializing in watercolor (whith the artisit Ubirajara Ribeiro) and contemporary art at ECA- USP, she already performed in more than 50 exhibitions and official salons in Brazil, Latin America and Europe. Durung these last years she was nominated for several awards and received the Brazilian Master in III and IV Contest Awarded Works (1989/91) and the Medal of the First Latin Competition for New Talent Silver in 1991, besides the Honorable Mention at the International Arts Hall Excellence of Woman 2014 in Sao Paulo. She also attended as Special Guest in a numerous Salons Style in Contemporary Art as performed at MASP in Sao Paulo, and in Passo de Los Libres, Argentina. Last year, she attended of the Official Salon of Santa Barbara d'Oeste, an one exhibition at Ibirapuera Park named "entrepa単os". She also attended of the Biennal dArt Contemporain - Carrousel Du Louvre - Paris. In 2015 she exposed her works in the international exhibition in BCM Gallery in BarcelonaSpain; International exhibition at the Galleria d'Arte Contempoanea- Center Storico Rome - Italy and exposure memory and narrative: the time-space of the artist-books in the Foundation of S達o Caetano do Sul Arts, in Sao Paulo. Recently two of her canvas were sended to the Galerie de Scarf, TouloseFrance and Berlim, december 2015.



Creative moments, is the fourth exhibition of this theme held abroad. This time exhibition takes place in April 2016 at Manhattan, New York. Previous exhibitions were held in Osaka, Japan, in 2010, Berlin, Germany, in 2011 and in London, England 2012. Some of the artists have taken part in all three earlier exhibitions , all the exhibitions have also involved new artists. Changing artists and the variety of how the different types of work communicate with one another is rewarding and interesting to watch. Furthermore, videos of the artists at work have been praised by the viewers. These videos will be presented in New York exhibition also. Artists: Maaria Märkälä, Ursula Kianto, Tapio Lötjönen, Tarja Tella, Iiris Pessa, Bridget Allaire, Peter Maury, Hannele Haatainen, Hanne Juga, Elena Hopsu, Ismo Hyvärinen ja Aino Ulmanen. Exhibition space; Saphira & Ventura Gallery, Manhattan, New York.


Ursula Kianto Tapio Lötjönen Tarja Tella Iiris Pessa Bridget Allaire Hannu Hakanen Peter Maury Hannele Haatainen Hanne Juga Elena Hopsu Hyvärinen Ismo Aino Ulmanen Maaria Märkälä


Maaria Märkälä www.maariamarkala.com "That is why Märkälä's method of painting, reminiscent of expressionism (one of the centres of which Berlin happens to be) is consistent; the thick, almost edible, colour in her paintings manifests that the painting is not trying to hide in the background. The paint as a substance, the form of which reveals the speed in which it was spread, manifests in every fraction of a second of the viewing session that what we see here is a part of the world reconstructed with paint, possibly improved: witness the miracle of the illusion. The magician shows her tricks, and, oddly enough, this is exactly what makes the trick so impressive, as in puppetry when the puppeteers are visible ". "Paintings created in a studio may contain several layers that the viewer knows nothing about; in the bottom there may be, for example, bursts of frustration familiar to everyone, forming a base for the landscape. Märkälä wants to paint, to bring out the good on the top, so the process must end in something hopeful, full of oxygen and life, light, even what is beautiful ". "To Märkälä, the world includes objects, good ones that simply must be depicted through painting, not least because they make such good paintings". Pessi Rautio, The Editor-in-Chief of Taidelehti

Sommarkväll (Kesäilta) 24 x 30 cm Oil on canvas 2015 60

"Märkäläs sätt att måla leder tankarna till expressionismen (Berlin är ett av dess mest betydande centrum vad beträffar expressionismen). Därför är det logiskt. Den tjocka, nästan mättande färgen i Märkäläs målningar berättar om att målningen inte är ämnad att utplåna sig själv och stanna i bakgrunden. Färgämnet, formen som berättar om hur snabbt färgen strukits ut, förtäljer något hela den tid man iakttar verket, under varje bråkdel av en sekund: här har vi en del av denna värld, uppbyggd på nytt i målfärg, kanske till och med ståtligare än tidigare. Beskåda miraklet, hur en illusion föds. Trollkarlen avslöjar sina trick i offentligheten och lustigt nog är tricket just då som mest imponerande, precis som vid dockteatern, då de som för dockorna är synliga.” ”Målningarna som gjorts i ateljén kan omfatta många olika lager som åskådaren inte har någon aning om. Längst ner kanske man hittar utbrott av frustration, sådant som ibland händer i livet, och ovanpå dem börjar ett landskap byggas upp. Märkälä vill måla, bygga upp något bra överst. Processen bör avslutas med något hoppfullt, syremättat, med en känsla av liv, något ljusaktigt, och kanske till och med vackert.” "För Märkälä finns det föremål i världen, bra föremål, som man helt enkelt bör avbilda i en målning, redan på grund av att det blir goda målningar av dem.” Pessi Rautio chefredaktören för Taidelehti


Hannele Haatainen hannelehaatainen@yahoo.com

I am a Finnish artist living in Pieks채m채ki, a small rural town in middle Savonia, surrounded by large lakes and forests. Nature and wildlife are important for me, and by wandering in forests and lakeshores I get my inspiration and mood to my paintings. The basis for my paintings is always in the nature, even though the paintings would be abstract. Colours and the athmosphere they bring are also very important for me. I hope people can find and sense diverse beauty of the nature in my paintings.


Painting Number 4 from the serie Beautiful North 1 120 x 90 cm Acrylic and oil on canvas 2014


Tapio Lรถtjรถnen www.kuvataiteilijamatrikkeli.fi/en/artists/2308 Paintings that can be listened to One way to look at and examine a painting is to listen what kind of music it plays and how it plays. It is my way of looking at a painting and , consequently, of making a painting. For me, the tone of the painting and the musical afterimage occurring when looking at it, act as mechanism of interpreting and conveying the image when I work. The painter Tapio Lรถtjรถnen has also had a long career as concert musician and he played as a solo-clarinetist over 30 years in the symphonie orchestra.


Strange Flowers 100 x 75 cm Oil on board 2015

Ursula Kianto www.kuvataiteilijamatrikkeli.fi/en/artists/1848

State Of Mind - State Of Space The layer by layer composed paintings of Ursula Kianto are inspired by reflections, images and associations. – One layer leaves some separate fragment on the painting, the next layer brings another to its side, and little by little the painting manifests itself. The completed painting, in most cases, is an abstract state of mind, a spacious scenery, where – in the middle of desolation and silence- appears to be nature and buildings. Opposing to the paintings´ tranquility are the joyful and happy colours, which actually seem to be holding back their playfulness.

Circus Partners 70 x 100 cm Oil on board 2015 65

Ismo Hyvärinen www.ismohyvarinen.fi

The works of Ismo Hyvärinen are poetic, sensitive paintings filled with colors. The paintings are between abstract and nonabstract – there is a form, a color or a line, which you could image it to remind the startingpoint. Often the name of the work points at a landscape, a boat, a horizon. The paintings can also be considered purely abstract colorcompositions. The works of Ismo Hyvärinen are stimatized by sensitive use of a paintbrush, the counterparts of colors, shapes and surfaces including a strong outburst of feeling. ” My paintings are like windows of something we have already experienced. And they are also like whispering poems of what I wish to face.” Ismo Hyvärinen (1962) has graduated MFA at Saimaa University of Applied Sciences. Earlier he had studied painting at Free Art school in Helsinki. His the first private exhibition was in 1992, and since then he has had several exhibitions especially in Finland.


Dream of Light 110 x 90 cm Mixed media on plastic, mirrow 2015


Aino Ulmanen www.kuvataiteilijamatrikkeli.fi/en/artists/2993 Aino Ulmanen is a painter living and working in Myrskyl채, southern Finland. Ulmanen studied art in Free Art School in Helsinki during 1998-2002. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions both in Finland and abroad since 1986. She has also had several solo exhibitions. Ulmanen uses ash and soot as pigments. She prepares the natural pigment shades herself by burning different types of wood. Nature and water are recurring themes in Ulmanen's paintings. Her work often comments on natural disasters. Her passion is drawing, especially life drawing.


Tornado III 90 x 90 cm Acrylic on canvas 2014


Bridget Allaire Bridget Allaire is an abstract painter who was born in the United States and has worked in Finland for almost 30 years. As well as being an artist, she also has a degree in classical music performance. The colors of Bridget Allaire's palette give birth to spaces that are a result of the collisions and combinations between lines and surfaces. The artist asserts and yet at the same time circumvents something in the work, shuttling within a symbiosis of different art forms. Musicality melts into the painting, sounds thrive within the image. The paintings, with their rhythmically sure, uninhibited emotional reflections, are demanding entities. The lines and colors don't follow their assumed roles, but rather roam as primal forces, revealing a portal into the figure. This gives us a glimpse into our humanity, a landscape, or an abstract world. " Text by Eeva Tervala, translated by Bridget Allaire

Photo: Antti Kangassalo


Yours is the Meadow 90 x 100 cm Oil paint and oil stick on canvas 2015


Elena Hopsu I have worked with different subjects: spiritual topics, landscapes, still life, flowers, portraits, abstract topics, etc. Painting with oil and acrylic colours are my main media, as well the drawing with pencils, cryons, charcoal and oil pastels. I have also used metallic colours in my recent paintings of roses and orchids, which are my favorite flowers. Colours are important to me – they stimulate my everyday life bringing joy. Especially I enjoy working with the spiritual themes. At the moment I work with abstract oil paintings inspired by psalms. I have painted the series of psalms since 2003, and they were showed at many Art Exhibitons. My new website’s adress is elenahopsu.weebly.com, and I hope You visit and enjoy it.


The New Hymn (Psalm 40) 100 x 80 cm Oil on canvas 2015 73

Hanne Juga Hanne Juga lives and works in Helsinki. Besides working as an artist she has also worked as a scenic painter and design worker in television. Love for the sea can strongly be sensed in Hanne Juga’s paintings. Painting is a very meditative happening for her. It is a state of being and living she wants to subsist. After getting enchanted by something she has seen; colour, landscape, graphic line, animal‌ her work begins. While working the importance of the first perception may weaken or change, and shamelessly she also romanticize and esteticize beings, splotches, glitters and wastes. Still she finds herself as a painter of perception and as a continuator of the tradition of western landscape painting. Juga likes to use different materials expecially as a base for the painting. Lately she has covered the surface with leafmetall, often on old, used boards, leaving marks and scratches to be seen. Then she contiues working further with shellack, pigments and oilcolours. She doesn´t want to tell long stories, proclaim or provoke by her paintings, but to make paintings that are good to look at and tempts you to return to them over and over again. With her paintings she wants to invite the viewer to get enchanted with her.


Haze 94 x 96,5 cm Mixed technique 2015


Iiris Pessa Painter and video artist www.viartpessa.blogspot.com Member of the Artists´ Association of Finland www.artists.fi Several solo exhibitions since 1990. As visual artist Iiris Pessa is interested in cultural issues. “Further into my career I have eventually become more and more a conceptual artist. For example, my latest solo exhibition in Berlin considered the various representations of water and sea as a concept, reflecting the different meanings and obvious connotations for current events in Europe.”

Lifebelt 52 x 110 cm Ink and watercolor on paper 2015



Peter Maury My works deal with existential issues. They represent visual fragments of the language of existence and, in a way, descibe a journey in the transliminal border zones of mind. They give no answers, but, instead, they are meant to raise questions and start an existential discussion. Given the importance of time and space in the works, these elements are not only conceptually present, but also reflected in the material itself. The oxidation process structuralizes and colorates the metal plates in a timedependent self-catalyzing mode that unavoidably deconstructs the well-organized surface to reveal a deeper and more complex inner layer: they define themselves in their own realization.

Photo by Sauvo Jylh채


From the series Dialogues: Choice 100 x 100 cm Pigment print on steel 2015 Artwork photographed by Jussi Aalto


Tarja Tella Painting, drawing or photographing are forms of visual expression as well as forms of thinking and language. In my opinion a very direct flash of my self onto canvas, acrylic glass or metal plate.Painting with oil color is the most suitable media for me. Its` flexibility and possible to model the oil color paste is just the best! Often I want my photos looking like paintings. Indistinctness, playfulness and colorfulness are important basic means of expression. Sometimes I mix up photograph and painting. Recently I`ve done photoseries in St Petersburg (2014), in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto (2010) and in Berlin (2011) and New York (2011). F.ex. "Hare" and "Pokemonland" are photoseries and documentation of artprocesses. Painting can be very physical activity. Being in the same room with big scale paintings might be as its best really effective. A touchful work of art is a part of interaction. As its best a subject, not an object. I´m living and working in Joensuu in the Eastern part of Finland. I need nature and forests around me. But opposite that I need to change landscape, city and country, continet. After all North is my point of the compass. My political attitude can be seen in my anxious attitude for nature, especially forests and oceans. And people trying to survive against the pressure that comes from global large.scale industries or ruler states. F.ex. I think people have their rights on their ancient landscapes. -That all might be seen in my art in small fracments or as a whole work of art.


To Jupiter and Back - serie 60 x 70 cm/piece Oil on plexiglass 2011


ARTISTIC RESIDENCE IN PENEDO, RIO DE JANEIRO Cultural institute, Instituto Cultural Nórdico Brasil Finlândia (ICNBF) and Arte Vida Arte Association will open in January 2017 in Penedo a residence for the artists from the Northern countries. Penedo is the only Finnish colony in Brazil. A group of Finnish immigrants arrived there in 1929 and today's main economic activity is in tourism. Its main attractions are beautiful nature with colourful birds, butterflies, waterfalls, mountains and trails. It is a perfect and enjoyable environment to get to know other culture and to create and produce new ideas. Residence will welcome painters, sculptors, authors, photographers and bird watchers from the Northers Countries. Periods in the residence varies between 1 and 3 months and there is also possibility to participate workshops with children from the project CASA in Rio de Janeiro.

For more information, please contact Helena Cardoso, president of ICNBF by e-mail: helenacardoso@icnbf.org


AVA Galleria

Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 17 B 8 00100 Helsinki FINLAND Tel +358 9444 876

AVA Galleria on ystävällinen pieni galleria, joka sijaitsee Helsingin taidemuseon vastapäätä Pohjoisella Rautatiekadulla. Galleria toimii yhteistyössä Arte Vida Arte ry:n kanssa ja tukee toiminnallaan Rio de Janeiroon perustettua taidekoulua. Koulua kutsutaan nimellä CASA (Centro de Assistência Social e Artística) ja se sijaitsee Cidade de Deus nimisellä köyhälistöalueella. Gallerian omistajat Helena ja Edson Cardoso tuovat galleriassaan esille suomalaistaiteilijoiden näyttelyjen lisäksi myös paljon ulkomaisten taiteilijoiden töitä. Lisäksi AVA Galleria osallistuu vuosittain kansainvälisiin näyttelyihin ja taidetapahtumiin ympäri maailmaa.

AVA Gallery AVA Gallery is a small, friendly gallery, located opposite the Helsinki Art Museum on Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu. AVA Gallery, in co-operation with the association Arte Vida Arte supports the Art School CASA (Centro de Assistência Social e Artística) located in a poor area, Cidade de Deus, in Rio de Janeiro. The gallery’s owners, Helena and Edson Cardoso, exhibit both Finnish and many foreign artists at AVA Gallery, and participate annually in international exhibitions and art events around the world.

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CASA, THE ART SCHOOL FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN Art school CASA (Centro de Assistencia Social e Artistica) was founded in August 2005 by Helena and Edson Cardoso. Art School is ment for underprivileged children living in the favela of Cidade de Deus - City of God, in Rio de Janeiro. The school’s aim is to help these children fulďŹ l their dreams of a better future through the power of art and to give them a constructive hobby and direction in their lives. There are currently 15 children in the school, ranging in age from 4-15 years. We hope that our work will help prevent these children from ending up on the streets. The Finnish organisation, Arte Vida Arte ry, funds CASA. The Finnish artists from our organisation have been visiting Cidade de Deus and working with the children for the last six years. You can also be a part or this valuable project and help give these children a better future. 6/22/2014 there is going to be a workshop held together with the kids and the artists in the Calouste Gulbenkian Art Center. The workshop is a part of the Art School CASA's program, in which the kids and the youth of favela get to make art with the guidence of the teachers of the Art Center.


CASA, UMA ESCOLA DE ARTE PARA CRIANÇAS CARENTES O projeto CASA (Centro de Assistência social e Artística) - uma escola de arte para crianças carentes que vivem na favela Cidade de Deus (City of God), no Rio de Janeiro - foi fundado em agosto de 2005 por Helena e Edson Cardoso. O objetivo da escola é ajudar as crianças a cumprir seus sonhos de um futuro melhor através do poder da arte, e dar-lhes uma passatempo construtivo, assim como um norte às suas vidas. Atualmente há 15 crianças na escola, na faixa etária de 4 a 15 anos. Esperamos que o nosso trabalho ajude a evitar que essas crianças acabem nas ruas. A organização finlandesa Arte Vida Arte ry financia o projeto CASA. Durante os últimos seis anos, os artistas finlandeses da nossa organização têm visitado a Cidade de Deus para trabalhar com as crianças. Você também pode fazer parte deste valioso projeto e ajudar a dar a estas crianças um futuro melhor. Uma oficina de arte com as crianças e os artistas será realizada no dia 22/06/2014, no Centro Municipal de Artes Calouste Gulbenkian. Nesta oficina, que também faz parte da programação do projeto CASA, as crianças e os jovens da Cidade de Deus experimentarão a criação artística, com a orientação dos professores do local de acolhimento.


Children from Cidade de Deus - City of God visiting BELA Biennial in Museu Hist贸rico Nacional





Arte Vida Arte Association supports the activities of the Art School CASA. By buying AVA Magazine you support the art school’s activities and help secure a better future for the children. Your support will improve the daily lives of the children at the art school. To: Arte Vida Arte ry Bank account: 572115-2138442 IBAN FI4257211520138442 BIC (SWIFT) OKOYFIHH Message: Artschool CASA Sincere thanks: Kids and Teachers of Art School CASA, and Helena & Edson Cardoso.



Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 17 B 8 FI-00100 Helsinki Finland Tel: +358 400 765 576 ava@avagalleria.com www.avagalleria.com

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