Ismo Jokiaho

Body - Mind - Spirit
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I was born in 25th of February in 1965 in Saarijärvi, central part of Finland.

Nowadays I live in the city called Tampere working as an artist and freelance web designer.

I began to paint when I was about twenty, after a one crucial trip in 1984 to different european art museums.

After that experiment my interest for painting grew. Oil Painting is my favorite medium althoug I´ll use other mediums too. I started with ordinary figurative style with using large brush strokes and vivid colors. I have studied or learned art as private student of the painter M. Wikman, who teached and encouraged me in my starting Years.

After my graduating in 1992 from the cultural studies and litterature from the University of Joensuu I started to paint with abstract manner, because that represents something quite apart from what words can express. Abstract art often feels like a looking at a moment outside of time.

It was about 2003 when I started to paint figuratively again and I have keep in that style since then. The hardest part of painting is to keep it simple and clean without any useless rubbish.

For me to paint is like to breath; natural, effortless and free. For me all the great art today express something quite different from what words can express. When the paintig flows, the painter and the painted are the same.

My paintings are total worlds of their own, nothing more or less and very true in their own universe. In that universe my mental images transforms into graphic form.

Creativity is a spiritual, yet not religious experience for me. It´s a little bit like meditation. It is one way to respond to the questions of life.
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