Tapio Hirvonen

Tapio Hirvonen

Kuortane, Salmi, Finland

About Tapio Hirvonen

I was born in Kirkkonummi Finland 1967 in a military zone close at the Porkkala coast.
I started to draw and paint seriously since at the age of 9.(Wishing some day to make it full time)
I have also studied classical music since at the age of 6 (piano,tuba singing and theory) and made an 27 y career as an repertory stage manager at the Finnish Opera and Ballet between 1985-2011.
Since 2011 I have concentrated and focused only for the visual arts. Today I live and work in southern Ostrobotnia Salmi Kuortane.
I graduated as an visual artist/painter from the ALFA school of arts in Helsinki at 2014.

Confidental posts:
Board member and assistant board member of Seinäjoki Artist´s association (2016-18)
Art Library manager of Seinäjoki Artist´s association (2016-18)
Webpage manager of Seinäjoki Artist´s association (2016-18)

Artist makes observations and has freedom to give names and interpretations to his works. Art work doesn´ t necessarily need to defence itself or have to have narrative support or background to be exist as itself. Art work doesn´t need any explanation to be received and understand by viewers.

Making art for me is a multi leveled moment with several things at the same or at the different time. It´s always a choice which path I decide to follow and go further with it.

The mysteries of nature, human, mind, emotions and spirituality are constantly under my focus despite the major trend or fashionable styles.

Art world today has multiple voices and artist has a full freedom to choose own style, medium and substance from this source of choices.

Artist´s statement
Art work is always a statement about and for something.


2011->14 Graduation of Visual Artist from Alfa -school of arts, Helsinki
2008-09 Private summer courses for the painting and drawing with teachers artists; Marjatta Hanhijoki, Päivi Sirén and Mirja Airas.
Military music school Helsinki 1983-85
1997-98 Student at the open university of the University of Art and Design. ( nowadays Aalto-University ) Exams of Drawing, sculpting and painting. Some extra courses for watercolor painting. Drawing student at the Helsinki University drawing dpt.

Several music exams in classical singing and piano at the Sibelius Academy and the Conservatoire of Hki 83-07
Military music school Helsinki 83-85


Work in public collection
Seinäjoki city collection of arts
Works in private collections in domestic country and overseas.

Teaching work:
Abstract Improvisation weekend courses at the Seinäjoki adult education center OIVA art dpt /advanced painting group and private courses in USVA gallery in Kuortane.
Lakeudenportti Kansalaisopisto adult education center season 2017-19

Participation as a nude model in Spencer Tunick´ s photo session; `Nude adrift in Helsinki 2002´


2021 Alajärvi Villa Wäinölä solo
2021 Alajärvi Finland Nelimarkka museo Seinäjoki Artist’s association 60 anniversary
2021 Seinäjoki PARSI art library Artist of the month
2021 Paris France Galerie Sonia Monti
2019 Kauhava Finland KAARI galleria solo exhibition
2019 Seinäjoki VARIKKO galleria selected group exhibition 90 Anniversary of Painter´s union Finland
2019 Kuortane Finland Summer solo exhibition
2019 HKI Finland Merikaapelihalli TEOS annual sales exhibition
2019 Seinäjoki Finland Seinäjoen Taidehalli Jäljet
2018 Kauhajoki Finland HELLA galleria solo exhibition Kind of Room
2018-19 Venice Italy Contemporary Venice ITSLIQUID International Art Show
2018 New York USA The Rogue Space Chelsea International contemporary art festival The Nuance of Dreams IV
2018 Venice Italy SURFACES FESTIVAL Spaces
2018 Lapua Finland Patruunagalleria solo show
2018 Nokia Finland TEHDAS- Galleria108 Seinäjoki artist´s association´s annual group show
2018 Hki Finland TEOS Painter´s Union´s annual sales exhibition
2017-18 Venice Italy The ROOM it´liquid group Contemporary Venice
2017 Pietarsaari Old cigarette factory,annual group exhibition of Seinäjoki Artist´s association.
2017 Seinäjoki Culturemonth Hallintola galleria group exhibition
2017 Berlin Ger Marzia Frozen gallery : KUNST LIVES MATTER group exhibition
2017 Rio Brazil, group exhib. Museu Forte de Copacabana Finland 100 years
2017 Helsinki TEOS -sales exhibition of the Finnish Painter´s Union at the Merikaapelihalli
2017 NY USA, UN hq group exhibition Finland 100 years
2017 Kuortane galleria USVA Konstrundan 10. paintings
2016 Helsinki galleria AVA, group exhibition Light and Shadow
2016 Seinäjoki VARIKKO-galleria solo exhibition Havina
2016 Seinäjoki Annual summer exhibition of the Seinäjoki Artist´s association in Seinäjoki House&Building exhibition
2016 Seinäjoki Artist of the month (june) of the Seinäjoki Artist´s Association in Seinäjoen Taidehallin taidelainaamo
2016 Kuortane Konstrundan, galleria USVA paintings
2016 Kuortane galleria USVA Open villages -event, paintings solo exhibition
2016 Helsinki KAAPELI TEOS -sales exhibition of the Finnish Painter´s Union, Merikaapelihalli
2015 Helsinki KAAPELI TEOS -sales exhibition of the Finnish Painter´s Union, Merikaapelihalli
2015 Kuortane library galleria Paintings solo exhibition
2015 Kuortane galleria USVA Paintings solo exhibition
2015 Kuortane galleria USVA Earth power paintings solo exhibition
2015 Kuortane galleria USVA Hayharvest paintings solo exhibition
2015 Kuortane galleria USVA At the summer moment paintings solo exhibition
2015 Seinäjoki Art Hall Studio Solo exhibition Observation&Interpretation
2015 Helsinki Puristamo galleria Kaapeli Soundscapes group exhibition
2015 Helsinki AKVART galleria Moment to moment watercolors
2014 Helsinki KAAPELI Puristamo galleria You may look! -graduation exhibition
2014 London UK The Brick Lane Gallery Landscape; Urban vs Rural
2011-14 Helsinki Seasonal student exhibitions at the ALFA school of art
2013 Helsinki Galleria 3.floor On the journey group exhibition
2013 Helsinki Galleria FOGGA Song of the sea
2013 Helsinki Galleria 3.floor on the pulse -Blago Bum! abstract expressionisms group exhibition
2011 Helsinki Galleria Punavuori `DROPS´ watercolors
2010 Helsinki Kulma Galleria `wholes´ watercolors
2009 Helsinki Nordsjö-Rastis Cultural Centre`flowerIS´ watercolors