Maria Liitola, born 1982 Bachelor of Culture and Arts / Kuvataiteilija AMK Turku University of Applied Sciences / Turun Taideakatemia (2011)
Fine artist, graduated from Pori Art school and Art Academy of Turku University of Applied Sciences (BA 2011). MA student. Lives and works in Turku, Finland. Work is concentrated on charcoal drawing techniques and acrylic/spray painting.
I’m interested in the concept of bodily space and equality. I draw and paint people in photorealistic style, mostly women, caught in a split second of time. I study the relation of the mind and the body, and the ownership of it in its physical surroundings. My work comments the word ”Freedom” as a noun that defines the right and power to be as one wants, and the state of, as a controversy, being imprisoned or enslaved in one’s own body by the standards of others or oneself. I combine the photorealistic drawing to markmaking and tagging familiar from the graffiti street art, as a comparison to the ideal of Freedom and self-expression. Figures that are partly visible and photorealistic while fading in the background, lead to the basic questions of existentialism: the edges of being and non-being.
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Maria Katariina Liitola Kuvataiteilija AMK Bachelor of Culture and Arts Born 25.07.1982 Tel. +358 045 8934 844
2019 alumna Turku University of Applied Sciences, Arts Academy, Master of Culture and Arts (New contexts of art) 2007 – 2011 Turku University of Applied Sciences, Arts Academy, Bachelor of Culture and Arts 1999 – 2003 Pori Art School, Fine Arts 1998 – 1999 Proper Finland’s Folk High School, Fine Arts
2018 9 seconds, Galleria G12 Helsinki 2017 Replika, Auran Galleria, Turku 2016 Humanity, Galleria G12 Kuopio 2015 Humanity, Galleria G12 Helsinki 2014 That she would exist, Auran Galleria, Turku 2012 Paintings, Galleria Art Frida, Helsinki 2011 Paintings, Poriginal - Galleria, Pori 2011 Unportraits, Auran Galleria, Turku
Selected group exhibitions
2018 Cismittääkö? Galleria Uusi Kipinä, Lahti 2015 Paintings, Galleria Myötätuuli, Raahe 2014 Luokkakokous, Köysiratagalleria, Turku 2013 Maria Liitola and Nina Mattila: Galleria Art Frida, Helsinki 2012 The art of Basware, Sanomatalo, Helsinki 2011 2000 & 11 self portraits, Köysiratagalleria, Turku 2010 Köysiratagalleria, Turku 2010 Do you think you own this place? Turku 2008 Porvoo art hall 2007 Rauma Art Museum 2007 Salon Sininen Talo 2003 Poriginal-galleria, Pori 2001 Portait-galleria, Pori
Finnish painters union, candidate
Awards and grants 2005 Kotka cultural board’s studio grant 2004 Kotka cultural board’s grant for young artists
2003 Pori foundation of art and industrial art, alumn scollarship 2003 OP financial group, alumn scollarship