Curriculum vitae

Sari Torvinen

Based in Turku, Finland


Art Studies:

1995, 1996 Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands / Postgraduate Research Fellowship

1988-89 Akademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

1983-87 Lahti Art Institute, Finland


To come:

5.-8.9.2019 Food & Art, Restaurant Mami, Turku, Finland

5.-17.11.2019 Ruokaturva, Nevado & Torvinen, Köysirata Gallery, Turku, Finland


Solo  Exhibitions:

2010 Talviurheilua, Galleria Å, Turku, Finland

1998 Kesäikkuna, Galeria Pintura, Helsinki, Finland

1998 Galleria Titanik, Turku, Finland

1997 Kootut Virheet, Northern Photographic Centre, Oulu, Finland

1996 CHK, Vlissingen, The Netherlands

1992 Feed the Butterfly, Galleria Rannan Matala, Oulu, Finland

1991 1h+k-galleria, Pori, Finland

1991 Innocence Will Survive, Gallery Dzialan, Warsaw, Poland


Group Exhibitions (selection):

2015 Valtio+, Kakola, Turku, Finland

2013 Meren aalto, Archipelago Center Korpoström, Korpoström, Finland

2011 Hej hylje! –project, Turku, Finland

2012 Dialogue Cities, Exhibition Space of City Hall, Cologne, Germany

2011 Dialogue Cities, Gallery Maaret Finnberg, Turku, Finland

2010 Paketti, 50th anniversary exhibition of Arte, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum, Turku, Finland

2009 W.A.N.K.-Tv productions, in Turku TV and city spaces in Turku, Finland

2008 Nothing Personal, 20th Anniversary Exhibition of Gallery Titanik, Turku, Finland

2007 Turku Artists Association´s 83rd Annual Exhibition, Gallery Just, Turku, Finland

2007 Save the North Pole!, Köysirata Gallery, Turku, Finland

2006 Maa, meri ja metsä, Köysirata Gallery, Turku, Finland

2003, 2004 Tytöt-vastarinnatta, Peri Center of Photography, Turku  and Kakelhallen Mariehamn, Finland

2002 Väri ja valo, K.H. Renlund´s Art Museum, Kokkola, Finland

2000 Torvinen, Pussila, Mältinranta Art Centre, Tampere, Finland

1999 Halu katsoa (Adamsson, Torvinen), Köysirata Gallery, Turku, Finland

1998 Rosolli, Finnish Artists´103rd Exhibition, Kerava Art Museum, Finland

1998 Videofestival, Utrecht, The Netherlands

1997 Avonduren, SUB-K, Utrecht, The Netherlands

1997 Torvinen, Karhu, Järvinen, Forum-galleriet, Malmö, Sweden

1997 Farewell Welfare, W 139-gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1997 A Big Enough Umbrella, Consortium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1996 Malmö-Amsterdam, Gesellschaft fur Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen, Germany

1995 The Script, The 2nd Triennial of Finnish Photography, Helsinki Art Hall

1994, 1995 Art in a Suitcase, Oulu-Luleå-Vilnius, Finland-Sweden-Lithuania

1994 Naisart, Galleria Harmaja, The 100 Years Anniversary Exhibition of the Finnish Artists’ Association, Oulu, Finland

1994 Turku Artists Association’s 70th Anniversary Exhibition, Turku Art Museum, Turku, Finland

1994 Torvinen, Järvinen, Muu Gallery, Helsinki, Finland


Works in the Collections of:

City of Lieksa

City of Joensuu

City of Kokkola

K.H. Renlund Museum

Oulu Art Museum


Public Art:

 What Makes Me Happy?, Turku International School, Finland


Grants (selection):

2012 Finnish Arts Council

2010, 2000 Regional Arts Council

1997 Paulo Foundation

1995 Finnish Cultural Foundation



 1991 Fine Arts Award of the City of Oulu



Muu Association of Artists

Turku Artists’ Association



July 2013, Kökar Art Residency, Finland

June 2009, Saaren Kartano residency, Mietoinen, Finland

May 1990, Circolo Scandinavo Per Artisti e Scienziati, Rome, Italy



1999-2018 part time lecturer, tutor, project manager and coordinator of five specialization study courses*) at The Fine Arts Degree Program at the Arts Academy of Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS).

*)e.g. Art in Public Spaces 2010 and 2011, Situation Specific Art 2011



2019-20 Project Coordinator: Utopia?  *), a joint project of University of Turku and the Arts Academy of Turku University of Applied Sciences. The aim is to produce workshops combining  means of active citizenship and artistic processes to vocational school and upper secondary school students.

*)In Finnish: Utopiaako?

2015-18 Artistic Director:  In Public, In Particular -participatory situation specific art in four European cities. Co-financed by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.

2012 Project Coordinator: Fluxations, projection and light based art in Turku cityscape.