"When the world becomes a massive mess with nobody at the helm, it's time for artists to make their mark." - Joni Mitchell
I paint to illuminate injustice and expose the abuse of power. My goal is to encourage and inspire people to take action for positive change. We all have a voice, my art is mine.
After an award winning international career in design I switched my creative passion entirely into art - my deepest lifelong passion. Said of Antti Eklund: "Francis Bacon coming on Andy Warhol with Keith Haring watching, a touch of Gerhard Richter and a splash of Martial Raysse, a squeeze of Yan Pei-Ming, a drop of Marlene Dumas. But, no - genuine Antti Eklund."
I have worked on cross-creative platforms all my life. I was trained as an Architect (MSc) in Finland, where I was born. I had a very successful international design career designing products, brands and interiors. In addition I was the Professor of Graphic Communication at the Aalto University in Helsinki. Now I live permanently in Baltimore, Maryland, USA where for the last ten years I have fully focused on developing myself as a professional artist - painting oil-on-canvas iconic paintings.
2016’s National Arts Program exhibit, MD, USA
2015’s National Arts Program exhibit, MD, USA
World Expo 2010 Shanghai
World Expo 2000 Hannover
“Estradi” Modern Art Exhibition in Helsinki
International Awards: multiple Good Design Awards, Red Dot Awards, Fennia Prize, EFFIE, Bottledworldawards, Pentawards, Innovative Advertising Award, I.D. Design Distinction Award.