Bio Merja Susanna Salonen Di Giorgio was born 1973 in Tampere. She lives and works in Helsinki. From 1998 on she has been working regularly in Italy, too.
The most important techniques are oil on canvas and mixed media on paper as well as the environmental art.
Salonen Di Giorgio graduated with the Master of Arts degree at the Fine Arts Department, Pallas Program at the University of Art and Design, UIAH, Helsinki in 1999 (nowadays Aalto Univeristy).
She has the ordinary membership of the Finnish Painters´ Union.
Her paintings were exhibited for the first time in a juryed exhibition in 1995. It was the 48th Young Artists´Exhibition at Helsinki Taidehalli. Since then, Salonen Di Giorgio has exhibited regularly in Finland and abroad.
To name some one man shows of paintings:
Gallery Saskia, Tampere, 2017
Gallery G12, Helsinki, 2014
Lapinlahti Art Museum, 2010
Taidesalonki / Konstsalongen, Helsinki 2010
Galleria Uusitalo, Helsinki, 2005
Galleria Katariina, Helsinki, 2000, 2014
Public works in Helsinki:
Piers, 2008, (concrete)
Memory Tracks, 2005 (concrete) and
Garden, 2000 (copper, alluminium, paint) Radisson Plaza,
at Mikonkatu 23.
In 1998-2000 Salonen Di Giorgio realised a photo exhibition Helsinki in Florence, Florence in Helsinki: Painterly details of walls shown directly in the streets, exchanging places of the subjects to study "genius loci".
In 2003 she published a book ´Helsinki in Florence, Florence in Helsinki ´about the project. The introduction was written by Yrjö Larmola, the cultural director of the City of Helsinki.
In 2014 she published a book ´Grand Tour´ of her paintings with the introduction of Minerva Keltanen, the acting director of Sinebrychoff Art Museum, National Gallery of Finland.
Salonen Di Giorgio´s work can be found among the following collections:
City of Helsinki,
Lahti Museum of Art
Tampere-Maja Association, Estonia,
Salonen Di Giorgio enjoys listening to baroque music and joining it by dancing.