Kari Soinio is a Finnish artist from Helsinki. He lives and works in the Bronx, New York. He primarily works with photography and he is known for his auto-portraiture work and experimental approach to landscape.
Soinio´s work concentrates on two main themes: sense and representation of landscape and place on one hand and corporeality, sexuality and male identity on the other. He has experimented extensively with problematics of perception and representation in out of focus images, both in his landscape work and in auto-portraiture-based work on male body.
He has studied photography and received his undergraduate degree from Lahti Polytechnic (1989) and his graduate degree from the University of Art and Design in Helsinki (1998). He has also studied at the International Center of Photography in New York.
His one person shows have been seen at Station Independent Projects in New York, Finlandia University Gallery in Hancock, MI, Storefront Bushwick in New York, Heino Gallery and Korjaamo Gallery in Helsinki, Northern Photography Center in Oulu, Finland, Intitut Finlandais in Paris, France, Kerava Art Museum in Finland and Ingrid Hansen Gallery in Washington DC among others. He has participated in many group shows, for instance in such institutions as TEA in Tenerife, Spain, Station Independent Projects, PointB Virtual Exhibition, The Design Museum and Lokal, both in Helsinki, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma and The Finnish Museum of Photography in Helsinki, Kerava Art Museum, Peer Gallery, New York City and Wäinö Aaltonen Art Museum, Turku.
His work has been featured in The New York Times Style Magazine, Crave, Baxter St, Helsingin sanomat, NY Arts Magazine, Actuphoto, Connaissance des Arts, Art Actuel, Next Level and others. Soinio's works are in several public collections including Kiasma, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki; HAM, the Helsinki Art Museum, and in numerous private collections both in Finland and abroad.
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