Riiko Sakkinen

Artist selected by Moscoso, Manuela at 2010
More artist content updated at 2016

I make art out of everyday life, including special offers and car bombs, exotic cocktails and Molotov cocktails, cleaning the house and ethnic cleansing, fast food and Blitzkrieg. 

I find my materials in the TV news (demonstration banners demanding more freedom), flyers put under windscreen wipers (earn money without a job), advertisements in newspapers (blow job without a condom), and breakfast cereal boxes (chocolate super hero eats his children). I do drawings, but cannot draw. 

I do paintings, but cannot paint. I do other things, too, but cannot do that either. It is a tragedy, but tragedies are appreciated in Arts. 

I always disagree. I am always wrong.


1. What made you choose art as a profession? 
Originally, I want to be an urban guerilla but I wasn’t tough enough. 

2. How would you define your work? 
My work is realist. I show the world as it is. 

3. What subjects are you interested in? 
Burgers, Beggars, Cannibalism, Capitalism, Car bombs, Chemical weapons, Cup noodles, Döner kebab, Free world, Genocides, Ice cream, Pirates, Pizza, Prostitution, Ketchup, Mail-order wives, Migrations, Molotov cocktails, Neoliberalism, Special offers, Terrorism, Third world, Warlords, Yellow fats. 

4. What, according to you, is the point of art? 
I don’t know about the art of the other artists but my art is - as Picasso put it – “an offensive weapon in the defense against the enemy”. 

5. How do you hope the public will receive your work? What audience are you aiming at? 
I don’t care about the masses but I want to sell my subversive art to millionaires who have the power to change the world.



Curriculum vitae

Riiko Sakkinen

Helsinki, 1976.

Vive y trabaja en/Lives and works in: Cervera de los Montes, Toledo.


Formación Académica/Education
MFA, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki.


Exposiciones Individuales/Solo Exhibitions
Respetando los derechos humanos nunca saldremos de la crisis. Espacio AVAart. Gijón, Spain
Cake Theory. Collaboration with Katja Tukiainen. Galerija Alkatraz. Ljubljana

Syria Study Center. Korjaamo Galleria. Helsinki
East West Banana Split. Collaboration with Nisrine Boukhari. All Art Now. Damascus

Syria for Dummies, Espacio Trapecio, Madrid.
Operation Golden Monkey. Collaboration with Judas Arrieta, featuring Cao Huan Yi, Korjaamo Galleria., Helsinki.
No preguntes qué puede hacer el capitalismo por tí, sino qué puedes hacer tu por el capitalismo, Pristine Galerie, Monterrey.
My Favorite Escort Girls and Banks in the People's Republic of China, Galerie e.l Bannwarth, Paris.



Encyclopedia, Kunsthalle, Helsinki.

Escribid a Papá Noel y Pedid Libertad, Galería Gacma, Málaga.

Sweetshop Sweatshop, The Finnish Norwegian Cultural Institute, Oslo.

My Favorite Lists, Korjaamo Galleria, Helsinki.



Free World, con/with Jani Leinonen, Bourouina Gallery, Berlin.

Asia Belongs to Us, con/with Judas Arrieta y/and Cao Huan Yi, MA Studio, Beijing.

Kosmostars, Korjaamo Galleria, Helsinki.

Jani and Riiko’s Free World, con/with Jani Leinonen, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki.



Consommateur, applaudis, le spectacle est partout, Bourouina Gallery, Berlin.

Human Rights Damage Our Economy, e.l. Bannwarth Galerie, Paris.

Jag skulle inte vilja hata Sverige men jag vågar inte hata Ryssland, Finlandsinstitutet, Stockholm.



Todo en el Sur Es Tercer Mundo, Instituto Iberoamericano de Finlandia, Madrid.
Let's Happy Life - Sparkling Girl Brings about a Revolution, Helsinki.



More Mustard Gas and Tomato Ketchup (My Very Best Friendly Fire), Galerie Transit, Mechelen, Belgique.



Small Boys Units South Beach Diet, Galleria Krista Mikkola, Helsinki.

Colon(ialismo) Madrid Remix, Espacio F., Mercado de Fuencarral, Madrid.


Exposiciones Colectivas/Group Exhibitions
Carnegie Art Award. Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Stockholm
Shencken Als Problem. Group Global 3000. Berlin
Fast and Furious. Aine Art Museum. Tornio, Finland
Dreaming of the South. Galerie Marion de Cannière. Antwerp

Melancholia. Pristine Galerie. Monterrey, Mexico
Under the Volcano. Adrómeda Contemporáneo. San José, Costa Rica
Hydromemories. Turin Museum of Natural History. Turin
Be:e. La Porte Peinte Centre pour les Arts. Nouyers sur Serein, France
Celebrity Skin. White Box Contemporary. San Diego, California
Personal City. Muu Galleria. Helsinki Photography Biennial. Helsinki

Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen, Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Momentum Design, Momentum Kunsthall, Moss, Norway.

Cool Water, Korjaamo Galleria, Helsinki.

Ese Oscuro Objeto del Deseo, Pristine Galerie, Monterrey.

Twilight of the Idols, Galería Casado Santapau, Madrid.

The Metamorphosis, Other Gallery, Shanghai.



Memories of China, 798 Space, Beijing.

The Man Who Fell to Earth, Beijing 798 Biennale, T-Space, Beijing.

Un NO por respuesta, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, MUSAC, León.

Tracking Traces, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki.

The Borders, Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, Old Westbury, New York.



From the Arctic to the Prairie, Golden, Chicago.

Garden of Delights, Jinnan Culture and Arts Centre, Yeosu, Corea.

Sampo, 4mula Gallery, Saint Petersburg.



Dream Palace, A-Space, No. 1 Artbase, Beijing.

Zoo, Galerie Anhava, Helsinki.



Muestra de Arte Injuve, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid.

Serendipity, 1A Space, Hong Kong.



Obra en Museos y Colecciones/Works in Museums and Collections

Aine Art Museum. Tornio, Finland
Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo. Marbella, Spain
Museolaboratorio - Exmanifattura de Tabacchi. Città Sant´ Angelo, Italy
SONS Museum. Kruishoutem, Belgium
Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki.

Helsinki City Art Museum.

Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki.

The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA, New York.

Rauma Art Museum, Rauma, Finland.


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