Jaakko Rönkkö

b. 1947, Vieremä
Visual Artist
Residence: Helsinki

Contact information

Phone number: 050 370 90 26

Artist’s Statement

The origins of my art lie in the childhood nature - experience in the countryside of the Finnish North Savo region countryside in the early 50's.
My art is based on drawing. In my works on paper I survey line and colour. Themes come from the unconscious though the visuality of my works is close to the processes of nature.
Though my experince is subjective I am conscious of the drama between nature and man.
My pictures are landscapes if we accept that cosmic eruptions, chemistry of a human body and lilies in my flower bed belong to the same nature.
I love to make wall-drawings directly onto the wall at the place of exhibition as I think this action as creating of a new universe.
My wall-pieces are usually accompanied by smaller drawings and gouaches that appear as a micro-cosmos of the large work.
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Current information

My exhibition at gallery Katariina lasts till 7.7.2019. It consists of one monumental drawing and thirty gouaches dealing with the simultanioty of colour.

In August my drawings are in two exhibitions: Arteground Baltic 2019 in Viljandi, Estonia and Baltic Drawing - exhibition in Imatra art museum.


Jaakko Aapeli Rönkkö
born the 4.8. 1947 in Vieremä,Finland


the University of Jyväskylä (Russian,English) 1971-73
the Art Institute of Lahti 1973-76
the Academy of Fine Art, Leningrad.CCCR 1976-79
the Art Institute of Lahti 2009-2011
the National Australian University, Canberra 2011

Solo-and group exhibitions in Finland and abroad since 1973.The latest solo exhibition in Gallery G, Helsinki in 2010.The latest group-exhibition the Purnu Summer-show in 2011.

Works in private and official collections in Finland and abroad eg:
KIASMA,the Museum of Contemporary Art, Collection of the State of Finland, the National Australian University,Canberra

The main theme of creation drawing in all its forms. Wall-drawings from 1984 accompanied by small drawings that appear as microcosmos of the large spatial works.The latest wall-pieces in 2011 in the Australian National University in Canberra and in Purnu,Orivesi,Finland.

Writes essays and critics on art; main theme the artists' talk on his work and drawing as a basic expression.

Member of the Association of the Graphic Artists in Finland, Association of Finnish Painters, Association of Art Critics in Finland and International Association of Art Critics.