Katja Tukiainen. Foto: Linus Lundberg.

Katja Tukiainen

Katja Tukiainen arbetar brett med teckning, serier, måleri, skulptur, video och installationer. Ett politiskt, feministiskt perspektiv med ett starkt berättande finns med i hennes konst, med associationer till dockor och flickestetik.


Born in Pori, Finland in 1969, Katja Tukiainen is an acclaimed visual artist whose works have been included in international exhibitions and public collections. Already in the mid 1990’s her drawings and paintings turned towards a pink scale, and began representing her cute but not harmless girl characters. Since then her girls have appeared not only in her paintings and drawings but also in her murals, sculptures, graphic novels and even tattooed on people’s skin. Tukiainen calls these characters her good-hearted girl army. The members of her army are cute, irreproachable, strong and determined girls who do anything she asks.

Tukiainen started her Master of Arts in Helsinki, but applied and was approved to Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, Italy in 1994. While in Venice she was selected for the first time to participate in international group shows. Upon her return to Finland she had her first solo exhibition in 1995. Since then she has shown her works in many countries. Tukiainen has participated in artist-in-residence programs in Italy, New York and Japan. Now she is invited to have a residence period at The Museum of Drawings in Laholm, Sweden in September 2016, followed by an exhibition (together with her co-artist in residence Sigga Björg Sigurðardóttir) at the same museum.


In all of my drawings, paintings, installations and sculptures I have the same need. My need is to lead the audience to the world where cute and minor creatures have an opinion and the power. When I am reading daily news I cannot always believe in goodness, but in the world of my art good wins bad 6-0. People say my works are provocative and they speak out, but still they are sensitive. It is more than ok to say that.