Matti Kujasalo

1946 · Finland

Artist biography

Matti Kujasalo is seen as an established artist, who was born in Finland, like other well-known artists such as Leena Luostarinen Estate, Johanna Aalto, Ville Kallio, Johanna Lecklin, and Niina Vatanen. Matti Kujasalo was born in 1946.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Two galleries around the world represent and exhibit Matti Kujasalo's work, which are Galerie Anhava in Helsinki, Finland and Galerie Denise René | Espace Marais in Paris, France. Matti Kujasalo is exhibited at the exhibition, Solo exhibition at Galerie Anhava in Helsinki, Finland. The exhibition is currently open and closes on the 29 March 2020. Matti Kujasalo's only other recorded exhibition on Artland is Hard edge, which took place at Galerie Denise René | Espace Marais in Paris, France (12 March 2020 - 07 May 2020).

Further Biographical Context for Matti Kujasalo

Matti Kujasalo was born in 1946 and was predominantly inspired creatively by the 1960s growing up. Historically established in the context of the Cold War, the 1960s represent an extremely influential era which engendered a significant number of breaks and questioned the order of all things. In Europe, The Iron Curtain and the Berlin wall would permanently mark people and beliefs, while in the U.S, events such as the Cuban missile crisis and Vietnam war would forever impact generations to come. From education to gender issues and ideologies, a re-definition of social standards in Western society developed, with revolutionary philosophies and movements evolving in a cradle of inventiveness. Honesty and an void of emotions were key concepts in the highly influential movement of Minimalism, represented by artists like Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Agnes Martin. Uninterested in the gestural elements of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalist artists focused on producing artworks mainly composed of polished, pure lines and geometrical elements. Delving further into some of the concepts inherent to Abstract Expressionism, artists like Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler practiced Colour Field Painting – strongly relating to Minimalism, with a fundamentally ruled-based approach, devoid of any expressive aspect. Several schools of philosophy deeply influenced creatives, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti were artists heavily persuaded by the ideas of Existentialism, who achieved worldwide success through their depiction of the human form and the anguish often associated with the human condition. Internationally, a significant number of art movements resonated with the radical changes of the 1960s, often prone to their own regional distinctions. In Italy, Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni initiated Spatialism, while in Germany, the Zero group adopted similar ideas under the leadership of Günther Uecker.

Matti Kujasalo

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