Henry Wuorila-Stenberg
Photo: Veikko Kähkönen

Henry Wuorila-Stenberg is a central figure in Finnish contemporary painting. His expressive works on canvas and paper often deal with painful subjects and incorporate surreal elements. The primary questions of life, death, faith, love and sexuality are his central subjects. Wuorila-Stenberg’s oeuvre can be roughly divided into different periods, each differentiated by specific means of expression in their technique and distinctive themes and motifs. 

Henry Wuorila-Stenberg (b. 1949, Helsinki) studied art in Helsinki, Rome and West Berlin in the late 1960s and early 1970s. During his more than 40-year career, he has had numerous solo shows in Finland and Sweden, and appeared in collective exhibitions in Europe, Asia and South America. His works are represented in the most important public collections in Finland, in several company art collections, and in private collections.He held teaching posts at the University of Art and Design Helsinki in 1984-1998 and as Professor of Painting and Head of the Painting Department at the Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki in 1998-2005. Wuorila-Stenberg received the Finland Prize in 1996 and the Pro-Finlandia medal in 2004. In 2013, his autobiography Hämärän näkijä (seer of shadows) was published by Like Publishing. In December 2017, Wuorila-Stenberg was one of the 12 artists presented in the group exhibition Klassikot – Classics with WSOY, a joint project where contemporary artists designed new covers for Finnish book classics. His previous solo exhibition at Helsinki Contemporary was in 2016. Last year, Wuorila-Stenberg participated in The Phillips Collection’s Nordic Impressions exhibition of Nordic art in Washington and in the Manifesto of Stillness exhibition at Hyvinkää Art Museum, which closes on 24.2.2019.




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