Artevo is a mixed media form of art by Vesa Kivinen
“Vesa’s art is amongst the most integrally advanced in the history of Western abstraction – no small claim, but one backed up by the works themselves. Rather than abstraction as a fleeing from life, his works are a diving into the incarnate mystery of human being — direct celebrations of the fullness of Life.” – Michael Schwartz, Professor of History and Philosophy of Art, Augusta State University, March 2014
Watch & read the latest March 2014 Integral Institute feature here curated by Professor Michael Schwartz
Vesa (born 1978) started his internationally succesful career as a filmmaker and a photographer in 1999. He got educated as a director in the UK and has been working with both disciplines non-stop since through his own company. In 2008, Kivinen developed a form of mixed media art called Artevo (Art Evolving) which involves body-painting, traditional painting, photography and image manipulation. His recent collaboration with a Bollywood actress got cross cultural attention including The Independent, BBC World, Times of India, Pakistan Tribune, Helsingin Sanomat etc. At least 300 million people were exposed to the works.
“Kivinen’s work had no points of reference. Unlike most local artists, Kivinen wasn’t recycling successful foreign approaches and adapting them within a local context. He wasn’t replicating a preexisting genre or playing out well known devices. Whether for better or for worse, Kivinen is – as childish as this may sound – an original.” - A critique by Rory Winston in the City Magazine, August 2014
Share and Raw are concepts developed to house works that do not fit with the main theme.
The Veena Malik works are exhibited currently at the Helsinki Capital Partners space in Kaapelitehdas / Helsinki (poster below)