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Jukka Nopsanen

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I am a painter and a portrait painter drawing strength from my  Finnish roots and nature.

I work also as a teacher of drawing and painting at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki,  the Aalto University.

I like classical and modern  painting.

As an artist I depict the relationship and contradiction between human beings and nature. I stand for the nature and animals.

Summary as a painter:

In the seventies, during the decade of political participation, I painted the "fables". In these metaphorical paintings, the figures with heads of animals, depicted different features of the human nature.

In the eighties the shades became darker and the figures were transformed into abstractions. I called them discoveries from a destroyed ancient culture. That`s how the "archaeological diggins" were initiated. It was a reaction against the instant culture.

In the 90`s my broken view of the world was "crystallised" in mosaic patterns describing the relationship between man and nature and the problems of the human spirit.

From the beginning of this millennium I have started to combine the figurative and abstract elements into a sort of a synthesis of the past. I combine new and old ideas trying to paint an image of the human spirit.

As a portrait painter:

Concurrently with my development as an artist I have studied portrait painting from its traditional point of view approaching a portrait which combines classical figures and my personal expression.




Jukka Nopsanen, painter

Born in Helsinki, Finland

Lives in Finland




Education: The School of The Academy of Fine Arts -70 -73.


Exhibitions: Since 1970 c.80 times in Finland and two times abroad.


Private exhibitions: Gallery Katariina in Helsinki -75. TM Gallery in Helsinki -76. Hotel Torni in Helsinki -77. Gallery Tallinvintti in Helsinki -79. Cultural Center of Hanasaari in Helsinki -79. Wäinö Aaltonen Museum in Turku -80. Gallery Strindberg in Helsinki -82 and -85. Restaurant Motti in Helsinki -82. Art Hall of Kajaani -84. Cultural Center of Vihti -84. Galllery Aura in Nummela -86. Gallery Kaivopuisto in Helsinki -86. Gallery Mino in Lohja -87 and -90. Gallery Pictor in Nummela -89 and -93, -02. The Library of Sysmä -89. Gallery Vanha Kerttu in Sysmä -90. Gallery Janus in Helsiki -91. Gallery Pihagalleria in Lahti -91. Gallery Katariina in Helsinki -94. Gallery Ida in Stockholm, Sweden -95 and -97.

Art Center Mältinranta in Tampere -98. Olkkala Estate in Vihti -03.

Gallery Katariina in Helsinki, the 30`th anniversary exhibition, year 2000.

Anna`s Gallery  in Helsinki, 2006.

Gallery Pictor, 2009,

Gallery Johan S, Helsinki, 2010

Gallery Johan S, Helsinki, 2013

Scholarships: The School of The Academy of Fine Arts -73. Stipend of State for the exhibition, -76 and -80, -84. Cultural Foundation of Finland -76 and -91, -97, Helsinki City -76, Paulo Foundation -78, Kordelin Foundation -78, The Province of Uusimaa -88, Stipend of State -2000 and 2010.


Prizes: I and III prize, the competition arranged by Nokia for the students of The Academy -73. I prize, the competition arranged by the USA Embassy for the students of The Academy -73. II prize, The Painting Competition arranged by State -77. I prize, the Altar Painting of Pedersöre church -91.


Public paintings: The Altar Painting of Pedersöre church -91. Keskiviikkokerho portrait painting in Suomalainen klubi in Helsinki -86. The wall painting of the hospital in Nummela -88. The wall painting of the bank Osuuspankki in Nummela -90.

Several public portraits, for example at the University of Helsinki and the University Hospital of Helsinki.


Membership: The Finnish Painters Union since -74. The Painters Union of Helsinki since -75.



Teaching activity:  Aalto University  School of Art and Design, Helsinki, 1980 - 2014.



Materials and techniques used: Oil on canvas. Traditional oil painting technique.




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