VESA-PEKKA RANNIKKO is a versatile artist working with painting, sculpture, video and installation. He is fascinated by the fragmented nature of narrative structure, various types of mediums, and the simultaneity of different kinds of texts. Where as his abstract works seek to refer only to themselves and the process of making them, the figurative works, or “lying sculptures”, raise questions about the work’s relationship to reality, its topic, and the linguistic nature of vision. The video works and animations are characterized by associativity: combinations of the artificial structures of society, authentic experience and imagery related to nature. Sketch-like drawing and writing become combined in the stop motion images, where they form an organic, reactive, and associative whole.
Vesa-Pekka Rannikko’s (b. 1968, Turku) lives and works in Helsinki. His art has been featured in various solo and group exhibitions and video art festivals internationally, including at Kling & Bang Gallery, Reykjavik; Nordic de Lights, London; Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere; Kemper Art Museum, Kansas City, U.S.A.; Galeri Lars Olsen, Copenhagen; and Alvar Aalto museum, Jyväskylä. Rannikko represented Finland in the Venice Biennale in 2011. His works are included in numerous collections, such as the collections of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, the Helsinki City Art Museum, and the Saastamoinen Foundation. Rannikko has made many commissioned, large-scale public works, most recently in Vantaa, Tuusula and Seinäjoki. In 2015 he won the State of Finland Prize for Fine Arts.