Christoffer Relander

Christoffer Relander

Mariehamn, Åland, Finland

About Christoffer Relander

Born in 1986 in a small town of Ekenäs, near Helsinki, the artist has always been drawn towards art, since his early age. He studied Graphic design and Visual Art in the city of Porvoo. The turning point of his artistic direction was during his service in the Finnish Marines in 2008, when he became fascinated with the art of photography.

As a self-taught photographer, he experiments with exposure, camera movement and other effects that could give the painterly feel to an image. His work is primary influenced by the art of Charles Swedlund, Harry Callahan and the famous Man Ray – their clever and inspiring multiple exposures introduced Relander to the indicated technique that opened possibilities to him as an artist.

Relander’s images were featured in solo and group exhibitions held in Finland, Russia, Norway, Portugal and the United States. His art has been rewarded with the Silver Award for the Cream Midlands Best Photography Prize, and furthermore, he has received two gold rewards from IPA under still life in 2017 and from PX3 under landscapes in 2016. Relander's works have been published in notable publications and websites globally such as The Guardian's Observer, LA Times, Oprah.com, Huffington Post, China Daily, Colossal, Juxtapoz and VICE.

Education

Graphic design & visual art – Borgå Hantverks- och konstindustri skola 2007

Self-taught photographer.

Exhibitions

2020

Simple Tones, Muriel Guépin Gallery, New York, USA
In The Garde, Muriel Guépin Gallery, New York, USA

2019

Konst & Form, Gumbostrand, Finland
Galleri Geo, Bergen, Norway

2017

Anderson Gallery, Bridgewater, USA
Finnish Institution, Madrid, Spain
Finnish Institution, Lissabon, Portugal
Galleri Kobra, Karjaa, Finland
Galleri GEO, Bergen, Norway
Gallery Lokal, Helsinki, Finland

2016

Galleri Kobra, Karjaa, Finland
EAM Gallery, Elkin, USA

2015:

November - "Continnum Plateau" debut solo exhibition in Konst & Form, Sibbo, Finland
March - "Symbiosis" solo exhibition in Bioruukki, Espoo, Finland
July - "Symbiosis" solo exhibition in Opera Saratoga, NY, USA
May - "Symbiosis" solo exhibition in Gallery Geo, Bergen, Norway



2014 - "SYMBIOSIS", Osnova Gallery, Moscow, Russia – solo exhibition

2014 - Ajatus Lentää Luonnosta, Galleri Uusitalo, Inkoo, Finland – group exhibition

2014 - Gumbostrand Konst & Form, Kuukauden nuori taiteilija, Loviisa, Finland – solo exhibition

2014 - Breaking Ground @ Mona Gallery, Charlotte, USA – group exhibition

2013 - "Christoffer Relander + Peter Essick + Eleanor Annand" in Mona Gallery, Charlotte, NC, USA, group exhibition

2013 - "SYMBIOSIS" in Lohjan Museo, Finland, solo

2013 - "SYMBIOSIS" in Galleri Zebra, Karis, Finland - Solo