Santeri Lehto

Photo: Santeri Lehto

Santeri Lehto (b. 1982, Lappeenranta, Finland) uses a kind of minimalism, and carefully considered analytical naivety, as his stylistic means. First the viewer notices the childish nature of the works and a certain kind of visual simplicity, but the immersion in the symbolic space of the paintings reveals their completely different, almost paradoxical nature. The deconstruction of Lehto’s paintings reveals how visual simplicity underscores the extremely complex and endless question and mystery of existence. So maybe the most important thing in Lehto’s works is not what you see, but what you can’t see. Santeri Lehto graduated as a visual artist from the Lahti University of Applied Sciences’ Art Institute in 2013 and as a puppet designer from the School of Arts and Crafts in 2005. He lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. Lehto has held many solo and group exhibitions, latest at Gallery Huuto in 2023, and Alzueta Gallery in Barcelona, Spain, and Gallery Snow in Berlin, Germany in 2022. He took part in the Young Artist’ Exhibition at Kunsthalle Helsinki in 2011 and his works are found in numerous private collections.