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(b. 1977) 

Perttu Saksa is a Finnish contemporary artist. Saksa explores ideas of nature and our relationship to other animals, how natural resources are related to us and how nature transforms over geological as well as human historical time. How our histories are written.  Saksa works with lens based media, photography, film and  with sculpture, in stone and metal.  Saksa graduated (MFA) in fine arts from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and photography (BA) from the Lahti University of Applied Science and studied art in Icelandic Academy of Arts 1999.

Saksa's works have been exhibited in various galleries and museums around Europe, including Stadtgalerie Kiel, Felleshus Berlin and Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki City Art Museum and Kiasma – Contemporary Art Museum of Finland. His works can also be found in various public collections. Beside artistic work Saksa has done extensive work with commissioned photography, especially portraits. He's commissioned work has  been awarded various times, including Grafia, New York Festivals and Edit competition awards. 


State of Finland

Kiasma – Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki

Museum of Photography, Helsinki

The Polaroid Collection, Paris, France

Wihuri Collection

The Jenny and Antti Wihuri  Foundation 

Bildens Hus, Sundsvall, Sweden

The Niemistö Collection

Hämeenlinna Art Museum

Kuopio Art Museum

Rovaniemi City Art Museum 

HAM, Helsinki City Art Museum

EMMA, Espoo Modern Art Museum

Mikkeli Art Museum

Saastamoinen Foundation Collection.

Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki.

Oulu City Art Museum.

Väre Collection, Aalto University

Miettinen Collection /Salon Dahlman

&.Private Collections



Master of Fine Arts, The Finnish Academy of Arts.


Bachelor of Arts, The Lahti University of Applied Science.


The Icelandic University of Arts

Selected Private Exhibitions


Mikkeli Art Museum, Mikkeli, Fin 

Think Corner, Helsinki University, Fin


Kunsthalle Turku, Turku,  Finland

Helsinki Contemporary, Helsinki, Finland


HAM – Helsinki Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland

Laila Pullinen Sculpture Garden and Home Museum, Vantaa, Fin


Helsinki Contemporary, Helsinki, Finland

Galleria Nuovo, Lahti, Finland


Helsinki Contemporary, Helsinki, Finland


Gallery Hippolyte, ARCO, Madrid

A Kind of You, Ratamo Gallery, Jyväskylä, Finland


Helsinki Contemporary, Helsinki, Fin

TR1 Art Hall, Tampere, Fin

Barsokevitch Photographic Centre, Kuopio, Fin


Echo, Galleria Laboratory, Helsinki


Valokuvia 2002 – 2007 Mikkeli Art Museum


Galleria Hippolyte, Helsinki

Wait Until Dark, Galeri Iron inc, Copenhagen


Forever, Rantagalleria, Oulu, Fin


Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Fin

Public Works


KARTTA, The Burial Monument of Mauno Koivisto 

The President of Republic of Finland

Hietaniemi Cemetery, Helsinki, FIN

Selected Screenings


R&A Helsinki Film Festival


Animal Image, Periscope Lyon 


Animal Image, Institut Finlandais, Paris


Chart Art Fair, Copenhagen

Tampere Short Film Festival

DocPoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival

Espoo Cine


Oulu Music Video Festival, Competition winner

Are Independent, Katowicke, Poland

Grants and Awards

William Thuring Prize, The Finnish Art Society, 2021

Pro Finlandia 2020

Grand prix XXXV Pärnu Film Festival 2020

Ars Fennica Nominee 2017

Kultapumpeli, Oulu Music Video Festival 2017

Fotofinlandia 1st. Prize 2014

Kone Foundation

Patricia Seppälä Foundation

Kordelin Foundation

Arts Council of Finland

Finnfoto ry.

The Finnish Art Societ, Young Artist Grant

Art Academy Scholarship

Finnish Cultural Foundation


Villa Lante, Roma

Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Prague

The Saari Residence, Kone Foundation

Villa Karo, Benin

Selected Group Exhibitions


Oulu Art Museum, Oulu, Fin 

Korundi, Rovaniemi Art Museum, Fin 

Otos, Jälki, Henki, The Pori Art Museum

Kuparipaja, Fiskars, Fin 


Otos, Jälki, Henki, The Pori Art Museum  


Aboa Vetus, Ars Nova Museum, Turku, Fin

Stadtgaleri Kiel, Kiel, Germany

Hämeenlinna Art Museum, Hämeenlinna, Fin


Hämeenlinna Art Museum

Natural History Museum, London

Helsinki Contemporary, Helsinki, Fin

Jyväskylä Art museum, Jyväskylä, Fin

Nykyaika, Tampere, Fin

The Northern Photo Centre, Oulu, Fin

Mikkeli Photographic Centre, Mikkeli, Fin

Photographic Centre Peri, Turku, Fin

Culture Centre Vanha Paukku, Lapua, Fin


Working On It, Helsinki Contemporary, Helsinki, Fin

Our Climate, Mikkeli Photographic Centre, Mikkeli, Fin


Finnish Season, Finnish Institute Benelux, Brussels

Spazio Nobile, Brussels

Art Fair Suomi, Cable Factory, Helsinki

Chart, Charlottenburg Kunsthall, Copenhagen


Ars Fennica, Kiasma– Contemporary Art Museum, Helsinki, Fin

Myyttinen Matka, Pohjanmaa Museum, Vaasa, Fin

Myyttinen Matka, Rauma Art Museum, Rauma, Fin

Kemi Art museum, Kemi, Finland

Mythical Journey, The Finnish museum of Photography, Helsinki

Mythical Journey, Salo Art Museum, Salo, Finland

Kolga Tbilisi Photo, Tbilisi, Georgia

Animal and The Logic of Others, Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki


Maiseman aika, Mikkelin Taidemuseo, Mikkeli

Viidakko Tulvii, Sinkka -Kerava Art Museum, Kerava

Festival of Political Photography, Helsinki

Still Life Studies, Jukka Male Museum, Helsinki

Sideways Festival, Suvilahti, Helsinki


My Silence, Kuopio Art Museum, Kuopio, Fin

GuatePhoto, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Still Life, Jukka Male Museum, Helsinki, Finland


Festival Horizonte, Zingst, Germany

Sand in Vaseline, Black Market, Berlin

Fotofinlandia Prize, Helsinki, Fin

The Pleasure of Negative Emotions, Knipsu, Bergen, Norway

Loviisa Contemporary, Loviisa, Finland


Reality Bites, Kiasma – Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki

Black Market, Berlin

Traveling with the Artist, Kuopio City Art Museum, Kuopio, Fin


Polaroid, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki

Sin, Photographic centre Peri, Turku

Art Fair Suomi, Helsinki, Fin


Galeri Passage Du Desir, Paris

Oulu City Art Museum, Oulu

Galleri Zebra, Karis 2010

Art Fair Suomi


New Generation, Etagi, Saint-Petersburg, Russia


New Generation, Finnish Museum of Photography

Collection Works, Helsinki City Art Museum

Whats up man, Kerava Art Museum


From North, Museum St. Peter an der Sperr, Neustadt, Austria

Northern Cities, Landesgalerie Eisenstadt, Eisenstadt, Austria

IAW, Peace Museum, Chicago , USA

Northern Cities, Vorarlberger Landesmuseum, Bregenz, Austria


Northern Cities, Felleshus, Berlin

Northern Cities, Troms Kulturforening, Tromso, Norway

Sisu- Images from Finland, Gallery G4, Cheb, Chezch

Collection Works, Oulu City Art Museum


Swan Song, Holden Gallery, Manchester

Stockholm Art Fair, Nordic Academies

Northern Cities, Kerava City Art Museum

Northern Cities, Oulu City Art Museum

Northern Cities, Aine Art Museum


How to Send a Message, Kalemegdan, Belgrad

Someone Else's Problem, Balat, Istanbul

Art Hall Helsinki Galerie Lichtblick, Koln


Globalism- meetings, Plovdiv Festival, Plovdiv, Bulgary

3/3, Bildens Hus Museet, Sundsvall, Sweden

3/3, Sanomatalo, Mediatori, Helsinki

3/3, Valokuvakeskus Peri, Turku


Correlations, Fotoforum West, Innsbruck

Rajamaat, Victor Barsokevitch Museum, Kuopio

Correlations, Photo-Galeri Wien, Wien

Dissonansies and collisions, Phototage Herten

Aboa Vetus- Ars Nova, Turku

Light & Space, Art Hall, Helsinki

Savonlinna Art Museum

Dissonansies & Collisions, Kiel Stadt Galeri, Kiel

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