Born 1971 in Kuusankoski, Finland – currently lives and works in Finland
Kivinen uses an exertive and slow mezzotint medium, which enables the creation of completely black tint.
Kivinen started her career by depicting abstract landscapes using mezzotint method.
The charasteristics of mezzotint method are deep, voluptuous black tint and slow, laboursome working process.
The method can be described as a subtle rebellion against the haste of modern way of living. In Kivinen’s art, white and especially black emphasise a few colours.
Physical and delicate drypoint lines bring balance to mezzotint surfaces.
The distinction of Kivinen’s art works is the small size of her prints. One reason for small print series is the artist’s work tempo.
After the plate has been used a few times it often starts its own life – the artist changes the plate and uses it in her next work.
Kivinen is facinated by transience and uniqueness, without the ballast of repetitiveness often associated with graphic art.
Nature has been and still is on the centre stage of Kivinen’s art, in a clear and minimalistic form.
A homage for Finnish landscape acts as a carrying force for the art pieces – latest artworks have also introduced humans as explorers to the landscape.
However, nature remains as the main pictorial motif in a meditative and reduced form.
ARTISTIC EDUCATION AND STUDIES
1989 Helsinki High School of Arts, Torkkeli, Finland
1990 Kuusamo Peoples College – Study line of printmaking and Graphic Art, Finland
1994 North Karelia College of Arts, Major in Printmaking and Graphic Art, Finland
2012 Bronda Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
2011 Gallery Himmelblau, Tampere, Finland
2011 Galerie Arktika, Marktoberdorf, Germany
2010 Finnish Institute in Estonia, Tallinn
2009 WeeGee, Aarni gallery, Espoo, Finland
2009 Gallery Harmaja, Oulu, Finland
2008 La Galeria, Barcelona, Spain
2006 Bronda Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
2005 The Art Museum of Kouvola, Finland
INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS (GROUP)
2012 Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam, Holland
2012 BLEKEN, BJERTNÆS, OPDAHL, STANA, NUPEN, KIVINEN, Haugesund Billedgalleri, Norway
2012 Kunstverket galleri, Fire Grafiske Fortellinger, Oslo, Norway
2012 19. Triennale Grenchen, Switzerland
2012 Art Karlsruhe, Germany
2011 BERLINER LISTE fair for contemporary art and photography, Berlin, Germany
2011 3rd Guanlan International Print Biennial, China
2011 X International Biennial of Engraving Acqui Prize, Italia
2009 The 15th SPACE International Print Biennial, Seoul, Korea
2008 IX Biennal of Graphic Art of the Baltic States « Kaliningrad-Koeningsberg »
2007 Aomori International Print Triennal, Japan
2004 BIN-2004, 2nd Independ International Biennal of Graphic, St.Petersburg, Russia
2002 Grafinnova 02, International Graphic Art Exhibition, The Art Museum of Vaasa
2001 International Print Triennal of Ljubljana, Slovenia
2000 International Print Triennal Cracow, 3rd International Print Triennal, Poland
2012 Art Centre Salmela, Artist of the summer, Mäntyharju, Finland
2010 Helsinki Contemporary Art Fair
2010 The Retretti Art Centre Summer Exhibitions, Punkaharju, Finland
2010 Argos Art, Stockmann, Helsinki
2005 The 110th Finnish Artists` Exhibition, The Kunsthalle Helsinki
2005 Graphica Creativa`s 30th Anniversary Exhibition, The Art Museum of Jyväskylä
The Association of Finnish Printmakers
Visual Artists Association of Espoo
WORKS IN COLLECTIONS
H.M. Queen Sonja Art Collection, Norway
Graphiksammlung Kunsthaus Grenchen, Switzerland
Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art
Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova museo, Turku
The Government of Finland
The Finnish Parliament
Finland’s Embassy, Singapore
Finland’s Embassy, Seoul, Republic of Korea
The Parish Union of Helsinki
The Collection of The Art Museum of Helsinki,Tampere, Oulu, Jyväskylä and Kouvola
Union of Salaried Employees TU
The Finnish National Fund for Research and Developments (SITRA)
AWARDS AND PRIZES
2012 The Queen Sonja Nordic Art Award
2010 Public Display Grant for Visual Artists, The Arts Council of Finland
2006 The Finnish Cultural Foundation’s annual Gran
2005 Public Display Grant for Visual Artists, The Arts Council of Finland
RESPONSIBILITIES AS AN ARTS INSTRUCTOR
1996-1997 Visiting Graphic Arts Teacher, Espoo People’s College
1996-1997 Visiting Graphic Arts Teacher, Vantaa Institute of Adult Education
1997- Children’s Arts Instructor, Taidetalo Toteemi, The City of Vantaa
2000- Course Teacher of Graphic Arts, Art School of Northern Helsinki