MATTI KUJASALO is one of Finland’s most widely known artists abroad and his extensive oeuvre has played an important role in international constructivist art. His work can be approached via geometric constructivism and concretism alike, while op art and minimalism also provide points of contact. The unique feature of Kujasalo’s form of visual expression is the precision, tranquillity and airiness of his works. Following the principles of concrete art, Kujasalo’s geometric compositions can be broken down into three components: colour, line and surface. A core aspect of the artist’s work is a unique method that is both visual and numerical at the same time. Recently, his previously predominant black and white monochrome has given way, and colours and their combinations now have an important role.
For several decades, Kujasalo’s (b. 1946, Helsinki) works have been displayed extensively in solo and group exhibitions, most recently at Galerie Friese in Berlin and the LACMA museum in Los Angeles. Paintings by Kujasalo have been acquired for the collections of the following prominent museums and foundations, among others: Phillips Collection museum in Washington DC; Albertina, Vienna; Arithmeum, Bonn; EMMA Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo; the Josef Albers Museum, Bottrop; Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm. Alongside public art collections, there are also works by Kujasalo in many private art collections in Europe, Japan and the United States.