Tero Annanolli

s. 1975, Kokkola
Visual Artist, Painter
Residence: Helsinki

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Artist’s Statement

Expert in recycled fabrics and gold

Born in Finland in 1975, Tero Annanolli won a gold medal at the London Cultural Olympiad in 2012 and became a member of the Olympic Fine Arts Association (OFAA) in 2014.

Annanolli typically chooses flowers, plants, landscapes and boats as themes for his paintings. In portraying humans, Annanolli approaches his subject in relation to the environment and space. Annanolli’s painting style is very material driven. Key issues in his artworks are surface structure and the use of recycled fabrics, such as cast-off tablecloths, bedspreads and curtains. Recycled fabrics are used as a base material for paintings, and the artist also combines fabrics with sheet metals in a surprising way.

Annanolli’s painting techniques include egg tempera, oil colour, ink and carbon. The artist has been fascinated by many features of colour ink painting; in particular, its transparency and the power of colour. Another of Annatolli’s innovative techniques is the use of a barbeque stick as a stylus for producing a haphazard drawing line.
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Qingdao International Art Biennal 2014, China


Born in Kokkola 1975, Finland

2014-2015 University of the Arts Helsinki, post-degree specialisation programme on Artistic Interventions in Organisations
2010 Portrait Painting Course organised by Finnish Culture Fund
2009–2010 St. Petersburg I. E. Repin Institute of visual arts education
1998–2004 (M.A) University of Art of Design Helsinki, Department of Art Education

Art teaching
2004– Academy of Pekka Halonen, Tuusula, teacher of fine arts

Grants and Awards:
2012 Olympic Fine Art London 2012, Creative cities collection – Fine Arts Exhibition London 2012, Gold medal
2010 Europol Art Competition, Winner A, The Hague, The Netherlands,

Olympic Fine Art London 2012 Creative Cities collection,
Art Centre Beijing Water Cube collection Beijing
Collections of S-Bank,
Europol ( EU), Haag, the Netherlands
SOK Finland, City of Kotka, ORTON, Hospital of Invalid Foundation Art Center Salmela, City of Mäntyharju, City of Ristiina, K.H. Renlund Museum Kokkola, OP Bank, Kokkola, OKO Bank Helsinki,
General Government

Other artistic activities and positions of trust:
2014-2016 Board member of Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo
2014 Vice president of OFAA (Olympic Fine Arts Association) in 2014
2013 Board member of OFAA (Olympic Fine Arts Association)
2011-2016 Board member of Arkadia Culture Society of the Finnish Parliament
2013 Checkpoint Helsinki, member of program work group
2011-2012 Member of The Artists’ Association of Finland
2011-2015 Member of the board of Finnish Painters' Union
2009–2010 Member of Helsinki Artist Society
2010–2011 Member of exhibiton committee of Helsinki Artist Society
2009–2010 Member of the Artists Association Board of Helsinki
2008–2011 University of Art and Design, arts education department, member of executive team

Exhibitons on abroad:
2014 Qingdao International Art Biennal, China
2014 WORLD ART GAMES – Pop up, Lissbon, Portugal
2014 Gallery Ajamaja, Estonia
2012 OFA Olympic Fine Arts 2012, Barbican centre, London
2012 International Artists' Symposium 2012 Villa Vaszary, Hungary
2012 BELA 2012 Biennial of European and Latin American Art, Porto, Portugal

Artist residences
2014 Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Matera, Italy
2013 International concrete symposium under the theme “cover and core” - Forms in concrete,
2012 XIII International Art Symposium, Hungary
2011 Art Foundation of Artists' Association of Finland, Grassina, Italy
2004 Art Center Salmela, Finland