Otto Karvonen
Osuuskunnantie 58 A
00660 Helsinki Finland


Interview by Paula Toppila (pdf)
“Jailbirds” by Jukka Relander (pdf)
“Taking Place” by Christine Langinauer (pdf)
Catalogue of works, 2016 (pdf, 20 MB)
CV English (pdf)
CV Suomi (pdf)

Curriculum Vitae

Otto Karvonen (1975, Helsinki)

2000–2002 MA / Visual Arts, Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam
1996–2000 BA / University of Art and Design Helsinki, department of art education
1998–1999 Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow, Department of sculpture

Selected group exhibitions
2020 Touch, collection exhibition, EMMA museum, Espoo, Finland
2019 Cross Sections, Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden
2019 Cross Sections, Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki, Finland
2018 The Only Way is Up, Varbergs Konsthall, Sweden
2018 Graffiti, HAM, Helsinki, Finland
2018 Cross Sections, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Wien, Austria
2017 Group Exhibition, Galleria Heino, Helsinki, Finland
2017 Häh Sculpture Trail, Art Taarasti, Nastola, Finland
2016 Hors Pistes Festival, Centre Pompidou, Paris
2016 The Window Gallery, Paris
2016 No/Good Place, Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca, USA
2016 The Only Way is Up, Kunsthall Stavanger, Norway
2015 Shanghai Urban Space Art Season, West Bund Art Centre, Shanghai, China
2015 Skulptur, Nordic sculpture at RBS Gallery & Prince’s Gardens, London, UK
2014 Mänttä Art Festival, Finland
2012 Reality bites, Museum of Contemporary art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
2012 Cave Parables, Retretti Art Center, Finland
2012 Copenhagen Art Festival, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark
2012 Dak’art Biennale, Dakar, Senegal
2011 Too late, too little, (and how to) fail gracefully, Fort Asperen, Netherlands
2010 Undocumented Livingroom, Gallery Lasipalatsi, Helsinki, Finland
2008 Liverpool Biennial, UK
2008 Fluid Street, Museum of Contemporary art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
2008 Döm inte hunden efter håren, Gävle Konstcentrum, Sweden
2007 Gothenburg Biennial, Sweden
2007 Turku Biennial, Turku, Finland & Gallery Can Felipa, Barcelona, Spain
2007 Urban Pedestals, Nørre Voldgade, Copenhagen, Denmark
2006 Singapore Biennale
2006 SCAPE Biennial of Art in Public Space, Christchurch, New Zealand
2006 Landscape, Museum of Contemporary art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
2006 Fokus Finlandia, KBB, Barcelona, Spain
2006 Mänttä Art Festival, Finland
2006 Placing Sense, Muu Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
2006 The Faraway Nearby, WHITE BOX gallery, New York , USA
2006 Civic Matters, LACE, Los Angeles, USA
2005 First We Take Museums, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
2005 ANTI Contemporary Art Festival, Kuopio, Finland
2004 Direct Exposure, Muu Gallery & public spaces (curator), Helsinki, Finland
2003 Keksi – Art in Public Space, Lahti, Finland

Solo exhibitions / Projects
2019 Iniziativa canto d’uccello, video-screening, MACRO museum, Rome, Italy
2019 Iniziativa canto d’uccello, solo exhibition, Pastificio Cerere, Rome, Italy
2018 Maunula Collection, participatory fashion collection, with Justus Kantakoski,
m-cult participatory art residency, Maunula, Helsinki, Finland
2018 Belief System, solo exhibition, Gallery Heino, Helsinki, Finland
2018 Alien Palace Birdhouse Collection, Cross Sections Hub gallery, Wien, Austria
2017 Racists half price! performance, Granit Square, Riihimäki, Finland
2017 Sea Change, solo exhibition, Vuotalo gallery, Helsinki, Finland
2014 Alien Palace Birdhouse Collection, CA2M Art Centre, Madrid, Spain
2013 What the…?, Alkovi Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
2013 IHME Sign Workshop, IHME Contemporary Art Festival, Helsinki, Finland
2012 God’s Country, Action Art Actuel, Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Québec, Canada
2011 Alien Palace, Kluuvi Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
2011 Alert!, SKOR Foundation for Art and Public Domain, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2010 Alien Palace Birdhouse Collection, de Appel, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2009 Signs for Changing Climate, World Village Festival, Helsinki, Finland
2008 Alien Palace, de Appel, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2005 Didn’t have to, with author Mikko Rimminen, Gallery Alkovi, Helsinki, Finland
2005 Alkovi Gallery, storefront project space, Helsinki, gallerist until 2009
2003 Public Secrets, Profounders Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
2002 Ausländer, Pilotprojekt Gropiusstadt, Berlin, Germany
2002 Please act like… Gallery De Branderij, Antwerpen, Belgium
2000 Green Land, public installation, Helsinki Railway Station, Finland
1999 First aid, public installation, centre of Cracow, Poland

Public art
2023 Like water flowing everywhere, Oulu courthouse, Oulu, Finland
2021 Urban Nature Trail, Leinelä, Vantaa, Filand
2018 Dedication, Central Library Oodi, Helsinki, Finland
2018 Alien Palace Birdhouse Collection: Helsinki / Lesbos / Nauru, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland
2017 Super hyvä olo, public sculpture and book, with author Mikko Rimminen, Matinkylä Metro Centre, Espoo, Finland
2013 Roots of the City, Kamppi metro station, Helsinki, Finland

Lectures / Teaching
Aalto University, Helsinki
Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki
Art School Maa, Helsinki
Tampere Polytechnic School of Art and Media
Pekka Halonen Academy

Works in collections
Saastamoinen Foundation, Finland
Helsinki Art Museum HAM, Finland
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
Ministry of Education, Finland
Citycon Oy
Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Finland
Aalto University, Finland
Heino Art Foundation, Finland