Jukka Rusanen
Photo: Veikko Kähkönen


Jukka Rusanen’s works often reference to art history. This, however, might only be seen in a certain colour, a shape or a graphic quality. Rusanen works on several paintings at once, taking breaks and looking at them from different angles. His paintings vividly capture physicality, movement and three-dimensionality. Sometimes he incorporates spatial elements into his exhibitions. In addition to painting, Rusanen has worked with video and collaborated on performance pieces with the artist Mimosa Pale. Rusanen and Mimosa Pale’s Active Still Lives – a performative installation – was seen at Kluuvi Gallery in 2011.

Jukka Rusanen (b. 1980, Jyväskylä) received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Turku School of Fine Arts in 2005 and his Master of Fine Arts from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2007. Rusanen's previous solo show at Helsinki Contemporary was Setting in 2017. His works are included in several public collections, such as the ones of the Finnish State Art Collection, the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, the Saastamoinen Foundation, and the Wihuri Foundation. In 2017 Rusanen received a working grant of five years from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

During the year 2017 Rusanen exhibited at Galleria Becker in Jyväskylä, Finland, at Lachenmann Art in Konstanz, Germany, as well as two group exhibitions: in Stadtgalerie Kiel, Germany and in Hyvinkää Art Museum, Finland. In 2018 Rusanen's solo exhibition will open at Lachenmaann Art in Konstanz, Germany, and before that, a group exhibition at Codex in Berlin.