Topi Ruotsalainen at Galleria Heino (photo: Pertti Kärki)


“I’ve always known that my life will be somehow build around creating images. The shape or the medium of these images has altered over the years. But that’s something I’ve been always doing and that’s something I will most likely continue to do til the end of my days. I am a story teller. I paint suggestive and subtle narratives. The story behind a painting don’t need to be clear or specific. Just the possibility of a story can be even more interesting.

I am fascinated by the early German Romantics and their determination to romanticise all that is familiar and everyday, to show it in a new light. I try to incorporate into all my work an element of the unexpected, the non-existent even. I seek to depict the invisible action, the tension and the hierarchies that arise between people, the way people inhabit their own bodies and their responses to other bodies around them.”

-Topi Ruotsalainen

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