Ritva Kovalainen

Basic information

b. 1959, Hattula
Residence: Mark

Contact information

Phone number: 040 5478464

Artist’s Statement

I have been working as an artist since the 80s and dealt with in my work the relationship between man and nature, cultural and ecological significance of forests and trees, and also the enviromental effects of the forest industry in Finland. Along with photography, I have been writing and doing graphic design.
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Current information

Tree People- exhibition
Ritva Kovalainen and Sanni Seppo
January 19 – March 15, 2018
1817 Central Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28205, USA


Born 1959, Hattula, Finland
1990 Master of Arts, University of Art and Design, Helsinki

Artist photographer
Artist Professor

(Ritva Kovalainen and Ritva Kovalainen & Sanni Seppo co-operation)
2018 Light Factory, Charlotte NC, USA, Tree People, Ritva Kovalainen & Sanni Seppo

2014 Centro De Arte Alcobendas, Madrid, ES, El Bosque Dorado, Ritva Kovalainen, Sanni Seppo

2013 Centro Andaluz de la Fotografía, Almeria ES, El Bosque Dorado, Ritva Kovalainen, Sanni Seppo

2011-12 Helsinki Art Museum, Jyväskylä Art museum, Hämeenlinna Art museum, Kuopio Art Museum Golden Forest, Ritva Kovalainen & Sanni Seppo

2008 Around Slovakia and Czech republic, Tree People, Ritva Kovalainen & Sanni Seppo

2005-08 Salo Art Museum, Victor Barsokevitsch Photographic Centre, Kuopio, Hippolyte Gallery Helsinki, FI, Side Gallery, Newcastle UK, Land of Beautiful Horses, Ritva Kovalainen

2017 Lokal, Helsinki, Encanted Forest

2017 Hossa nationalpark opening, Suomussalmi, Ritva Kovalainen: They're so hopeful, so green

2017 Kerava Artmuseum, Green Land – Blooming City

2015 Embassy of Finland, Washington, USA, Trees are Poems, Albrecht, Eskola, Kovalainen & Sammallahti

2015 Pyhäniemi Mannor, Pyhäniemi, Hollola

2014 Gallery Gumbostrand, Sipoo, FI Shout and whisper, Ritva Kovalainen & Sampsa Sarparanta

2013 Sinebrycoff Art Museum, Helsinki, Trees are Poems, Albrecht, Eskola, Kovalainen & Sammallahti

2012 Nordic Light Festival, Kristiansund, Norway

2011 Serlachius-museum, Mänttä FI, Forest

2017 Det här vill jag säga

2017 Crooked and Wild, R.Kovalainen (Musta taide)

2014 Tree People (Puiden kansa) new editions by R.Kovalainen and S.Seppo

2009 Silvicultural operations, (Metsänhoidollisia toimenpiteitä), a photographic book

2005 Talande Träd, a photographic book about trees in Kimito

2005 Land of Beautiful Horses, a photographic book, Like, Helsinki

Paulo Foundation, Finland
Jyväskylä Artmuseum
Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki
Collections of the State of Finland
Collections of the Parliament of Finland
Wäinö Aaltonen Art Museum, Turku, Finland
Espoo Art Museum, Finland
Collections of Kodak, Finland
Collection of Photographs of the Royal Library in Copenhagen, Denmark
Statens Museum for Kunst, Denmark
Kuopio Art Museum, Finland