Antti Laitinen

Antti Laitinen

Born: 1975, Raahe, Finland

Biography and Information

Antti Laitinen (b. 1975) is a contemporary Finnish artist who explore themes of human interaction with nature and the environment.  His art frequently involves personal endurance challenges and experiments with natural materials, reflecting a deep-seated curiosity about the limits of human capability and resilience. Laitinen’s practice spans a wide range of media including performance, photography, video, and installation.

In the Broken Landscape series, Laitinen manipulates trees with his hands by cutting, chopping, adding, and reorganizing branches. Although he begins with an overarching plan, the final pieces are the result of circumstances and outcomes beyond his control. Over time, nature will reclaim these voids as bushes and tree branches regenerate and fill up the empty spaces.

Antti Laitinen’s recent solo exhibitions include WAM Turku City Art Museum in Finland, GSA Gallery in Stockholm, and La Patinoire Royale/Galerie Valérie Bach in Brussels. He has participated in several important international group exhibitions at Borås Art Museum in Sweden, Borusan Contemporary in Istanbul, Savina Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, Riverside Museum in Beijing, and The Art Gallery of Alberta in Canada. In 2013, Antti Laitinen represented Finland at the Venice Biennale. His works are included in numerous private and public collections, including the Saatchi Collection, the Zabludowicz Collection, the Saastamoinen Foundation Collection, ArtCenter/Istanbul, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art. Laitinen lives and works in Somero, Finland.

I have always used nature around me as my studio and source for my work. Where are live in Finland there is plenty of space and a lot of materials I can test and play with. Trees became a stronger element in my work after moving to the countryside, to a very forested area, and away from the sea a previous focus.

Many of my works are located just next to my house and I can see them from my home window. I like the fact that I can live close to my work and I can react immediately, for example on changing weather and light conditions during my working process. I think it’s a good way to find the best result for the final work. After the work is ready I can see nature taking the work over again and elements of the artistic process slowly disappearing. I find that interesting as well. — Antti Laitinen

Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, MFA

Turku Arts Academy, Photography, BA

Solo Exhibitions
WAM Turku City Art Museum, Finland
GSA Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

Galerie Anhava, Helsinki

Sofienbergparken, Oslo, Norway
La Patinoire Royale/Galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels
Tournay Solvay Parc, Brussels
Efter et nyt Minut, Sæby, Denmark

Galerie Anhava, Helsinki
Kivimakasiini, Somero, Finland

PYRFYR, Moscow
Günter Grass Gallery, (Gdańsk City Gallery), Poland

Galleri Image, Aarhus, Danmark

Galleri Andersson/Sandström, Stockholm, Sweden
Galerie Anhava, Helsinki
Nettie Horn galleria, London
Venice biennale, Finnish pavilion

College of Wooster Art Museum, USA

Bark Boat, Nettie Horn galleria, London

Liverpool biennale, UK

It’s My Island, Nettie Horn gallery, London
Exprmntl gallery, Toulouse, France

Walk the Line, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
Rantagalleria, Photography Center, Oulu, Finland

Koetila, Helsinki
Sweat work, Gallery of Arts Academy, Helsinki

Bare Necessities, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku

Group Exhibitions
Trees, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Art Alive Festival, Aveiro, Portugal

Sequences Biennal, Kling & Bang Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland
KunstCentret Silkeborg Bad, Denmark
Rovaniemi Art Museum, Finland
Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
Wuhan Biennale, Wuhan Art Museum, China

Borås Art Museum, Sweden
The Art Center Purnu, Finland
Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, Finland
the Second Nanhai Public Art Exhibition, China

EMMA, Espoo, Finland
Art Festival Damme, Belgium
Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul
Art and Museum Centre Sinkka, Kerava, Finland

minus20degreeFlachau, Austria
Stockfors Art Festival, Pyhtää, Finland
PROYECTOR / Video Art Festival, Madrid
Villa Carpentier, Renaix, Belgium

Columbia Circle, Shanghai, China
LUSTO – The Finnish Forest Museum, Punkaharju, Finland
Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, Germany
Beijing Riverside Art Museum, Beijing, China
Savina Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Rovaniemi Art Museum, Finland

Guang’an Field Art Biennale, Guang’an Wusheng Baozhen, China
OK Center for Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria
Mänttä Art Festival, Finland
Printmaking In, Riga, Latvia
Maajaam, Estonia
Vysočina Regional Gallery, Jihlava, Czech Republic
Salon Dahlmann, Berlin

Art Gallery of Alberta, Canada
Baroque park De Oude Warande, Netherlands
Koivukuja, Iisalmi, Finland
Hyvinkää Art Museum, Finland
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, Turku, Finland
Mile End Art Pavilion, London

UMMA, Michigan, USA
EMMA, Espoo, Finland
North Coast Art Triennial, Denmark
EMAP 2016, Seoul. Korea
Utopia/Heterotopia, Wuzhen, China
Zabludowicz Collection, Kunsthalle Helsinki
Istanbul Modern, Istanbul
Galerie Valerie Bach, Brussels

Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, France
MAC/VAL, Val-de-Marne, France
Kunstraum Memphis, Linz, Austria
Future Fossils – DUTTON, New York
Neuer Kunstverein Wien, Vienna, Austria
Stadtgalerie Kiel, Germany
Newlyn Art Gallery, Penzance, UK
Gotland Art Museum, Visby, Sweden
Oulu City Art Museum, Finland

Laboaratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City
Songwon Art Center, Seoul, Korea
Treasure of Lima: A Buried Exhibition, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna
Andratx CCA, Mallorca, Spain
Silent Barn Art Center, New York
Art Center Te Tuhi, Auckland, New Zealand
Survival Kit, Umeå, Sweden
Tampere Art Museum
MACRO Testaccio, Rome
Nordic Outbreak, Umeå, Sweden

Nordic Outbreak, New York
Botkyrka konsthall, Stockholm
GEM, Museum of Contemporary Art, Haag, Netherlands
Finnish Institute in Stockholm
Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, Irland
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, Turku, Finland
Galerie SAW, Ottawa

Salo Art Museum, Finland
Retretti, Punkaharju, Finland
Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku, Finland
Riihimäki Art Museum, Finland

6th Bienal VentoSul, Brasil
Nuit Blanche, Paris
Nou Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
Köln im Studio, Helsinki
AsiloBianco, Ameno, Italy
Galerie Anhava, Helsinki
Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Norway
Jyväskylä City Art Museum, Finland
AVIFF 2011, Art Vidéo International Film Festival, Cannes
Hå gamle prestegard, Norway
Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku, Finland
Air Space Gallery, London
Physical Center, London
Gallery Zebra, Karjaa, Finland

Z33 House for contemporary art, Hasselt, Belgium
Muu gallery, Helsinki
Kiasma, Helsinki
Modern Art Oxford, UK
Centro Cultural, São Paulo
Rauma biennale, Finland
Fuglsang Kunstmuseum, Denmark
WAS – Wonderland Art Space, Copenhagen, Denmark

Royal Academy of Arts, London
Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark
Nettie Horn gallery, London
Galerie Anhava, Helsinki
Weimar Arts Festival, ACC Gallery, Germany
Athens Biennale
Mänttä Art Festival, Finland
HoviArt, Anttolan Hovi, Anttola, Finland
REBUS SIC STANTIBUS, Gallery Emil Filla, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic
Medium Art Centre, Beijing, China
Oulu City Art Museum, Finland

Monobandes, Les Territoires, Montreal
Live Herring, Jyväskylä City Art Museum
Ginger, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
La position de la Terre, The Rhinelander Contemporary Art Center, France
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova Museum, Turku, Finland
Mitä mies? What’s up man?, Kerava Art Museum
Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku, Finland

Male Stuff, Gallery Kakelhallen, Mariehamn
4th Triennal of Finnish Art, Kunsthalle Helsinki
Beauhemia, Nettie Horn gallery, London
ECCE HOMO, The Brick Lane Gallery, London
Lost & Found, The Brick Lane Gallery, London
What is Live Art in Finnish?, Muu galleria, Helsinki
Nuku, Oulu, Nordisk Panorama
Kunstverein Bad Salzdetfurth, Bodenburg, Germany
Gallery Signe Vad, Copenhagen, Denmark
Kollaasi, Oulu City Art Museum
Male Stuff, Peri, Turku, Finland

What’s Up North, Rantagalleria, Photography Center, Oulu, Finland
White Box, New York, USA
HIAP, Helsinki
Kunstverein Bad Salzdetfurth, Bodenburg, Germany
The University gallery, Essex, UK
Chistmas Absurd, Moogie Wonderland, Rochester, UK

Kutsu, Helsinki, Katajanokka
Helsinki City Art Museum

Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
Kunsthalle Helsinki

Backlight International Triennial, Tampere
New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Virne, Cultural Center of Hämeenlinna
Virne, Photography Center of Mikkeli
Peri, Photography Center, Pojat, Turku, Finland

Tampere Hall, Tampere, Finland
Peri, Photography Center, Turku, Finland

Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki

New Performance Turku Festival, Turku, Finland

Tournay Solvay Parc, Brussels

North Coast Art Triennial, Denmark
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

New Performance Turku Festival, Turku, Finland

Venice biennale

Performanssi on the Road, Salo, Finland
Up to Nature, Wien, Bristol, Oslo, Kuopio

Taking the Stage Over, Shanghai, China

Acción!MAD- festival, Madrid, Spain
Liverpool biennale, UK
Rauma biennale, Finland

Anti-festival, Kuopio, Finland
Athens Biennale
Mänttä Art Festival, Finland

Hotel Meridian, Thames, London
Live Herring, City of Jyväskylä/internet, Finland
The Gallen-Kallela Museum, Espoo, Finland

Verbo Performance art festival, Galeria Vermelho, Sao Paulo, Brasil
Szentendre, Danube, Hungary
Forum Box, Helsinki
Taidepanimo, Lahti, Finland

White Space Gallery, London
Ars 06 Performance event, Kiasma, Helsinki
Jámon-Kinkkua!, Circulo De Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain
Pair 01, Taidepanimo, Lahti
Näkymä, City of Toijala, Finland

Anti-festival, Kuopio, Finland
Helsinki Art Academy
Puskinskaja-10, St. Petersburg, Russia
Zodiak, Helsinki, (with The Blackroom Act)

Forces of Light, Myymälä 2, Helsinki
Lábas, Helsinki

Vapriikki, Backlight, Tampere, Finland
Häme Gallery, Lahti, Finland

AKO Kunststiftelsen
Borås Art Museum
Finnish Academy of Fine Arts
Geological Survey of Finland
Gösta Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation
The Heino Art Foundation collection
Helsinki Art Academy
Helsinki Art Museum, HAM
Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
Miettinen Collection
Northern Photographic Centre
Oulu City Art Museum
Saastamoinen Foundation
Saatchi Collection
State of Finland
Tangen Collection
Vital Arts
Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art/Turku City Art Museum
Zabludowicz Collection

Press Release
2024 Trees at Richard Levy Gallery