Jukka Korkeila

Jukka Korkeila is known as an artist who boldly breaks through boundaries in both the content of his images and his treatment of the tradition of painting. His powerful, genuine paintings can be seen as being both harsh and fragile at the same time. His oeuvre includes paintings, installations and drawings. The feelings in Korkeila’s works range from humour to disgust, from despair to hope.

Jukka Korkeila (b. 1968, Hämeenlinna) is one of Finland’s foremost painters, who each year takes part in exhibitions abroad. He lives and works in Helsinki, Berlin and Oberhessen. He initially studied architecture and interior and furniture design, before studying at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and the Berlin University of the Arts during the 90’s. In 1999, Korkeila was named Young Artist of the Year in Finland. Korkeila represented Finland at the São Paulo Art Biennial in 2004 and participated in the Prague Biennale in 2003 and 2007. In 2014, he participated in the Bienal del Fin del Mundo at Mar del Plata, Argentina. Korkeila has had solo exhibitions at Moderna Museet, Stockholm, and the Nordic Watercolour Museum in Skärhamn, Sweden. He has participated widely in exhibitions around Europe and his works are in all the main Nordic collections.In 2014–15, Korkeila participated in the 4th Biennial of the End of the World in Mar del Plata, Argentina and, in 2017–18, in the extensive retrospective exhibition Pleasure at Helsinki Art Museum, HAM, and the Serlachius Museums in Mänttä. In 2018, Korkeila was included in the LucTuymans-curated Sanguine/Bloedrood exhibition at M HKA – Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp. In summer 2019, Korkeila and Markus Karger co-curated the extensive international In Situ exhibition in Hirzenhain and Gedern, Oberhessen, near Frankfurt am Main.