Olli Piippo's work is characterized by figurative elements that support a narrative, even if the pieces are mainly based on the experience evoked by the abstract expression. He bases his work on images that are both personal and found, true and generated by the imagination and memory. These are mixed together in the paintings, which play organically with representational and non-representational elements. In Piippo’s works we can find familiar, everyday elements that lure viewers back into their own worlds. The pieces exude a lightness that seems to well up straight from the core of the painting. The artist's work is driven by a playful escapism. He throws himself into the painting process, letting it feed itself.
Olli Piippo (b. 1980) lives and works in Berlin. Piippo’s most recent solo exhibition was Staring at the Sea, Standing in the Sand at Forum Box, Helsinki, in 2015. In 2016, he participated in the group exhibition Let’s Get Physical at Kunstkraftwerk Leipzig and in Helsinki Contemporary his works were seen in the joint exhibition Guilty Pleasure with Swedish artist Lukas Göthman. Piippo's works have been shown in solo and group exhibitions, mainly in Germany, Finland and Sweden. He is also known as the curator of Black Market, which organizes exhibition happenings and events. Art Slant listed him among the ‘15 international curators to watch’ in 2015.