Olli Keränen

1979 · Finland

Artist biography

Olli Keränen is seen as an established mid-career contemporary artist, who originates from Finland, like other renowned artists such as Robert Lucander, Rauha Mäkilä, Petteri Nisunen, Mari Keto, and Jonna Kina. Olli Keränen was born in 1979.


Olli Keränen is represented by two galleries, SIC and Komplot in Brussels, Finland and Belgium respectively.

Further Biographical Context for Olli Keränen

Olli Keränen was born in 1979 and was largely influenced creatively by the 1980s. The 1980s were a tumultuous time culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, global mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural atmosphere. The 1980s were a key decade in terms of politics, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became prominent art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became popular in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Olli Keränen