Ilona Rytkönen

s. 1962, Kerava
Visual Artist, Painter
Residence: Jämsänkoski

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Phone number: 040 9131661

Artist’s Statement

Artist Statement
18.5.2016:
Ilona Rytkönen, a painter in middle of Finland, the Land of Ice and Snow.

The short time I spent in the 90's in Latin America, has affected my art and my soul. At the same time, when I was studying the Spanish language, I learned body language. I had to observe my surroundings, to make me aware of dangers. I studied people's movements and gestures, in order to understand what is happening. That observation is still going on.

The most common motive for my art is people. Even in landscape painting, there is a human being too. I am particularly interested in his movement and posture. The wrist, neck or pelvic posture tells me about the person's feelings. Those feelings build the atmosphere of my paintings by metaphoric way. For example, the skating person in my painting is not only doing muscle activity, but above all it is an expression of freedom, joy or flirting.

I'm not interested in documenting people, although there is some realism in my paintings. But I am fascinated by realism with little symbolic and mystical characters in the atmosphere. Having something more than real life has. The finnish Art critic Hannu Castrén has defined my art style as Magical Realism.

My main technique is oil painting, but sometimes I use pastels, ink, pencil and woodcut.

http://www.ilonas.fi

12.8.2014:
Ilona Rytkönen, a painter,
Finland:
The short time I spent in the 90's in Latin America, has affected my art and my soul. At the same time, when I was studying the Spanish language, I learned body language. I had to observe my surroundings, to make me aware of dangers. I studied people's movements and gestures, in order to understand what is happening. That observation is still going on.

The most common motive for my art is people. Even in landscape painting, there is a human being too. I am particularly interested in his movement and posture. The wrist, neck or pelvic posture tells me about the person's feelings. Those feelings build the atmosphere of my paintings by metaphoric way. For example, the jumping person in my painting is not only doing muscle activity, but above all it is an expression of freedom or joy.

I am interested in lights and shadows, because they help to see the surfaces and shapes. In addition, the light has a specific function to me: the light is very often like showing the way to freedom and hope. It also means that the solution is already there. If you do not see the light point, the atmosphere in the painting is somehow waiting. Perhaps there is a person who has fallen into his memories.
I'm not interested in documenting people, although there is some realism in my paintings. But I am fascinated by realism with little symbolic and mystical characters in the atmosphere. Something more than real life has. The finnish Art critic Hannu Castrén has defined my art style as Magical Realism.

My main technique is oil painting, but sometimes I use pastels, ink, and woodcut.

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Biography (3.8.2016)

Ilona Rytkönen was born in 1962 in Kerava. She lives and works in Jämsänkoski.



The most important motive in the art of Ilona Rytkönen is people, but not only for documenting them. She is fascinated by realism with little symbolic and mystical characters in the paintings atmosphere. She likes to paint something more than real life has. Also a light in her paintings is very often like showing the way to freedom and hope. It means that the solution is already there. If you do not see the light point, the atmosphere in the painting is somehow waiting. Perhaps there is a person who has fallen into his memories.

Ilona Rytkönen has chosen her color palettes quite monochromatically, which may create to the art work unreality level, and so would offer to the viewer more imaginable thoughts.

The finnish Art critic Hannu Castrén has defined her art style as Magical Realism.

The main technique to Ilona Rytkönen is oil painting, but sometimes she uses pastels, ink, pencil and woodcut.

Since 2003 Ilona Rytkönen has had several solo exhibitions. She has also participated in several group exhibitions in Finland and foreign abroad such as Brazil, Japan and the United States (Sweden end of the year 2016).

Rytkönen started her profession as a painter and a contemporary artist in 2004 after finishing The Study Line of Visual Arts in the Institute of Orivesi. She has also studied in the Open University of The University of Art and Design Helsinki (Taik), in The Free Art School Helsinki, in The Pekka Halonen Academy and several other art courses since 1978. The most recent study was Course of Portrait by Finnish Cultural Foundation, in 2011, in Turku.

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