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Olli Joki

"My restless artist's soul needs a landscape to rest and catch my breath. The archipelago of Ahvenanmaa as well as rural France ans Spain are particularly dear to me."

Olli Joki

 

"Olli Joki is a spectator who catches a gesture, an expression, that forever remains a part of recollection, he stops time. Years lose their meaning as nothing restores the day, the year, or the space gone by."

Christian Grente, Societe des Gens de Lettres de France

 

Born

in Hämeenlinna, Finland

Has lived

in Tampere since 1953

Member

of the French National Society of Fine Arts in 1999

Studies:

Highschool of Industrial Art, Helsinki in 1963-66

Galeries:

Lapinniemi, Tampere, Finland and Fuengirola, Spain

Awards:

1999 Silver medal of Merite et Devouement Francais

1999 Honorary award of the Arabic Press

1999 Salon S.N.B.A.

2000 Grand Plaquette de vermeil

 

Merite et Devouement Francais is an organization that awards prizes to encourage e.g. those working in the fields of arts, science and sports. The committee of the organization is composed of members of the French Academy and persons distinquished in differed walks of life. The organization awards three or four medals annually and it is extremely rare that a foreigner is awarded. Olli Joki is the first Finn in their list.

 

"Music runs throung all my art. It's effect on to my work is undeniable, even if the motif is unrelated to music."

 

Olli Joki

 

 

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