Pentti Sammallahti

1950 · Finland

Artist biography

Pentti Sammallahti is seen as an established contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in Finland, like other famous artists such as Konsta Ojala, Timo Kelaranta, Johannes Sorvali, Kristiina Koskentola, and Sampo Apajalahti. Pentti Sammallahti was born in 1950.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Pentti Sammallahti's work is available on display in multiple galleries around the globe such as in Italy and the United States. Galleries include Galleria dell'Incisione in Brescia, Galleria del Cembalo in Rome, and Peter Fetterman Gallery in Los Angeles. Pentti Sammallahti's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Second Visions at Galleria del Cembalo in Rome, Italy. The exhibition was open from 11 February 2020 until 20 March 2020.

Further Biographical Context for Pentti Sammallahti

Born in 1950, Pentti Sammallahti was predominantly influenced by the 1960s growing up. Art turned into a vehicle for dogmas and other agendas, with Pop and Minimalism appearing concurrently as the most defining art movements of the decade. Pop Art in New York city embraced the culture of mass media and mass consumerism, with Artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann getting inspired by television, comic strips, billboards and other products of the rise of Capitalism for their artworks. On the other side of the country, the West Coast in California, the first features of what would be known as Conceptual art were blossoming. Minimalism developed the crucial idea that art should subsist in its own reality, and not try to represent the real world. Born of a desire to erase all pre-established conceptions about art, Minimalism became a radically progressive movement, highly influential worldwide, with artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd and Dan Flavin as key actors. Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler were artists who sought to delve into some of the most fundamental ideologies of Abstract Expressionism, while getting rid of the emotional and highly personal aspect it would usually entail with it. This led to the creation of Colour Field painting, deeply identifying with Minimalism. The iconic contemporary art movements that reverberated through the wave of radicalism of the 1960s also had their own nuances and scopes, particular to different regions or countries. Spatialism, for example, was founded in Italy by Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni, and its ideologies adopted by the Zero group in Germany. Across Europe, the ideologies of Existentialism strongly influenced artists such as Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, who strived to portray the raw human emotions often connected to reflections on death and the haunting anxiety of the meaninglessness of life.

Pentti Sammallahti

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