Kari Laitinen born 1952.
Lives and works in Helsinki.
His main subjects are woodblock printmaking in both western and Japanese techniques, painting, photograph and mixed media. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in 1980, is a practicing printmaker and had regularly exhibited one-man-shows in Finland since 1982. He has taken part in international Biennials and Triennials in Brazil, Finland, Germany, Japan, Slovenia, South Korea, Switzerland and USA. He had also been regularly represented in Finnish art exhibitions throughout Europe.
He has worked at University of Art and Design Helsinki UIAH since 1985 as a part-time teacher, Researcher and Lecturer of the School of Visual Culture / Graphic laboratory. He is continuing
as a Senior Lecturer / Head of Printmaking and Researcher at Aalto University, School of Arts and Design and Architecture, Department of Art / Printmaking Studios (1.1. 2010−31.12. 2017)
His material research “Alternative Block Materials for Japanese Watercolor Woodcut” completed
2013. Positive result of this research offers new block materials for Japanese method here in Europe.
He has received honorable mentions at VII Biennale Internationale de la Gravure sur Bois, Banská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia 1982 and Biennale Balticum, Finland 1985. In 1984, he was rewarded with the 2nd prize at a printmaking competition organized by the State of Finland. His prints are represented at several private and public collections, the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, the Ministries and Embassies of Finland, the Finnish Parliament collections, the Bank of Finland, Albertina Museum / Printmaking Collection, Wienna, Austria.
He is one author of the lecture book The Art and Craft of Woodblock Printmaking, Woodblock printmaking with oil-based inks and the Japanese watercolor woodcut; Kari Laitinen, Tuula Moilanen, Antti Tanttu, Publication series of Art and Design Helsinki UIAH, published first in Finnish 1999 and in English 2001, 2013 (second edition).
He has held many official positions since 1985, first as a cabinet member and then as a chair the Association of Finnish Printmakers 1990−91; vice chairman at Artists' Association of Finland (AAF) 1988−1989; a chair of the board at “Taide” Art Magazine Publishing Company Ltd., 1990−1991; a member of the State Art Committee 1996−1999; A chair of organizing committee, the 2nd IMPACT International Printmaking Conference at the University of Art and Design Helsinki UIAH, 2001.
He has taken part also international conferences in England, Scotland, Germany/Poland, Estonia, Japan, USA and China.
Chair of organizing committee for the 1st MOKUHANGA International Conference, Kyoto and Awaji, in Japan 2011. Vice Chair of organizing committee for the 2nd MOKUHANGA International Printmaking Conference, Tokyo in Japan, www.mokuhanga.jp.
Member of advisory board
in 3rd MOKUHANGA conference in Honolulu Hawaii, 2017.