“Maybe, despite our commonly perceived as ‘rushed’ information age, or what ever this is, you can now take some time for yourself and really go deeper into a fresh artistic expression in a relaxed way. Now. The making and selling these works has contributed significantly to the well being of many, including myself.” - 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.
“And it was then it dawned on me. Local reviewers weren’t actively trying to sabotage Kivinen’s effort in the least. They were simply afraid of being the first to take any kind of position on a work that had not already been appraised. 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 was – as childish as this may sound – an original.”
A critique by Rory Winston in the City Magazine, August 2014
The Artevo works are sold under an innovative pricing system.
Share and Raw are concepts developed to house works that do not fit with the main theme. They are traditionally priced.