Otto Karvonen (1975, Helsinki) studied art education and visual art at University of Art and Design Helsinki and Sandberg Institute Amsterdam.
Otto Karvonen specialises in temporary installations, performances and sculptures in public spaces. His modest and humorous interventions confuse our perception of everyday reality. They often comment on pertinent political, economic, social and religious themes, though carefully avoiding obvious or forced statements.
His exhibitions in 2017 include: Sea Change, Vuotalo Gallery, Helsinki; Super Hyvä Olo, public sculpture, Espoo, Finland; 2016: Hors Pistes Festival, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Hors Pistes / Hors les Murs, The Window Gallery, Paris; No/Good Place, Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca, USA; 2015: Shanghai Urban Space Art Season, West Bund Art Centre, Shanghai, China; Skulptur, RBS Gallery & Prince’s Gardens, London, UK; 2014: Alien Palace Birdhouse Collection, CA2M Art Centre, Madrid, Spain; 2013: IHME Sign Workshop, IHME Contemporary Art Festival, Helsinki, Finland; Roots of the City, public sculpture, Kamppi metro station, Helsinki, Finland; What the...?, Alkovi Gallery, Helsinki, Finland; 2012: God’s Country, Action Art Actuel, Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Québec, Canada; Reality bites, Museum of Contemporary art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland; Cave Parables, Retretti Art Center, Finland; Copenhagen Art Festival, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark; Dak’art Biennale, Dakar, Senegal; 2011: Alien Palace, Kluuvi Gallery, Helsinki, Finland; Alert!, SKOR Foundation for Art and Public Domain, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Too late, too little, (and how to) fail gracefully, KunstFort Asperen, Netherlands; 2010: Alien Palace Birdhouse Collection, de Appel, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Otto Karvonen lives and works in Helsinki.