“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 – See the Integral Institute curated exhibition here.
“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
“These are beautiful images and nobody would dispute it” Jeremy Paxman, Journalist, BBC World, 2013
“I would describe Kivinen’s art as first and fore mostly a study of human experience and connection. It is a collaboration of topics; a personal process of working with the experiences of the model, and an appreciation for the raw human form. Who we are when we stand naked. On another level it is a yearning to understand our religious past and find harmony with it in our present. In sum, it searches and appreciates where we have arrived in our development both spiritually and scientifically.” – Alicia Jensen in Helsinki Times, December 2014
Artevo is a mixed media form of art by Vesa Kivinen, whose concept seeks to add significance / value to those who feel it, on all levels.
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 2013 collaboration with the Bollywood actress Veena Malik, 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.
Artevo is about emotional alchemy – about our personal and cultural transformations. Something that includes what happened with the collaboration with the body painted person(s) and my interactions with my surrounding culture. It involves a celebration of the magnificence of life and how to turn what was not so great about it all into something valuable. The projects / art pieces tend to be about trying to figure out a way to a more emotionally, physically and spiritually balanced global culture.
Navigating the above links Artevo, Share and Raw will give you the full range of visual works by Vesa.
In July 2015 Vesa participated in the World Bodypainting Festival as one of the judges due to his own installation performance there in 2014. The finished film LUX was also shown on the main stage at the event in Austria.
You can watch the 12-minute concept film form the link below – It was recently featured at the first Integral Art Exhibition at the Sonoma State University in California, US
Dowload Vesa’s CV as a PDF Vesa Kivinen 2015 CV