Biography

Ville Kansanen (b.1984) is an autodidactic Finnish artist based in California. He works with photography, video, painting, installation- and land art.

Ville’s work has been featured in several print and online publications such as American Photo Magazine, GUP Magazine, SFAQ and Diffusion Magazine. In 2015, he won a Lucie Award and was chosen IPA Fine Art Photographer of the Year. He has exhibited in solo- and group shows internationally.

Ville employs the traditions and techniques of photography, land– and installation art to create work that exists and functions within photographic space. Most of his work is made in the desert where geologic time is made visible; where habitable landscape reaches its terminal state; and where cultural memories of ancient religions remain tangible. It is within those conditions that Ville constructs his images, often from several exposures and over long spans of time. He returns to the same desolate locations year-after-year for weeks at a time. Living and working out of his work truck, he constructs installations from wood, boards, strings, ropes, native rocks- and soil. Often, he will revive and recycle materials from weathered installations, left on-site from previous months and years. Eventually all the materials are collected – leaving no trace of his presence. For Ville, photography presents a space to form an internal spiritual relationship with Nature.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Seoul, S. Korea. March 2020. Philosopher’s Stone (3-person show). Datz Museum of Art.

Fort Collins, CO. April, 2017. Center for Fine Art Photography

Berlin, Germany. March, 2016. Galerie Hiltawsky

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Los Angeles, CA. May 2021. FOCUS photo l.a. Summer 2021 Finalists Show.

Winchester, MA. September 2017. John Chervinsky Award Finalists Show. Griffin Museum

Cologne, Germany. November 2016. Self-portraits as a Concept. Infocus Galerie

Johnson City, TX. September 2016. Diffusion Annual Show. A Smith Gallery

Lyon, France. September 2016. Docks Photo Art Fair

Kobe, Japan. August 2016. Mt. Rokko Photo Festival

Fort Collins, CO. September 2015. Center Forward 2015. The Center for Fine Art Photography

Lexington, VA. October 2013. Botanicals. Kat Kiernan Gallery

New York, NY. June 2011. Whose Self Portrait. Joy Wai Gallery

New Orleans, LA. 14. May 2011. Synthesis. The Darkroom Gallery

Los Angeles, CA. May 2008. Top 40. Los Angeles Center for Digital Art

AWARDS

2015 Lucie Awards. Discovery of the Year

2015 International Photography Awards. Fine Art Photographer of the Year

2014 International Kontinent Awards. Fine Art Photographer of the Year

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Dodho. Natural phenomena; Numen. 2020

Diffusion Magazine. Volume VIII. 2016

Brennpunkt Magazin für Fotografie. Procession of Spectres. March 2016

Art at Berlin. Procession of Spectres. March 2016

The World Weekly. Procession of Spectres. December 2015

Pixel Magazine. Chronicling Depression. November 2015

American Photo Mag. See the 2015 Lucie Award Winners. October 2015

GUP Magazine. The Procession of Spectres. September 2015

Exposure Awards Magazine. Body Collection. August 2015

SFAQ. Damage Control. August 2015

Rinse.io. Who are we? March 2015

Dodho. February 2015

L’Oeil de la Photographie. February 2015

SFMOMA. Submission Friday. January 2015

PH Magazine. April 2014. Issue 42.

Descry Magazine. Spring 2010. Issue 1.

Photofan. France. March – April 2008. Issue 19.

COLLECTIONS

Datz Museum of Art. Seoul, South Korea.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Seoul, S. Korea. March 2020. Philosopher’s Stone (three-person show). Datz Museum.

Fort Collins, CO. April, 2017. Center for Fine Art Photography

Berlin, Germany. March, 2016. Galerie Hiltawsky

GROUP EXHIBITIONS & FESTIVALS

Winchester, MA. September 2017. John Chervinsky Award Finalists Show. Griffin Museum

Cologne, Germany. November 2016. Self-portraits as a Concept. Infocus Galerie

Johnson City, TX. September 2016. Diffusion Annual Show. A Smith Gallery

Lyon, France. September 2016. Docks Photo Art Fair

Kobe, Japan. August 2016. Mt. Rokko Photo Festival

Fort Collins, CO. September 2015. Center Forward 2015. The Center for Fine Art Photography

Lexington, VA. October 2013. Botanicals. Kat Kiernan Gallery

New York, NY. June 2011. Whose Self Portrait. Joy Wai Gallery

New Orleans, LA. 14. May 2011. Synthesis. The Darkroom Gallery

Los Angeles, CA. May 2008. Top 40. Los Angeles Center for Digital Art

London, UK. February 2008. OFCOM Report Exhibition

AWARDS

2015 Lucie Awards. Discovery of the Year

2015 International Photography Awards. Fine Art Photographer of the Year

2014 International Kontinent Awards. Fine Art Photographer of the Year

SELECT PUBLICATIONS

Diffusion Magazine. Volume VIII. 2016

Brennpunkt Magazin für Fotografie. Procession of Spectres at Galerie Hiltawsky. March 2016

Art at Berlin. Procession of Spectres at Galerie Hiltawsky. March 2016

The World Weekly. Procession of Spectres. December 2015

Pixel Magazine. Chronicling Depression. November 2015

American Photo Mag. See Photographs from The 2015 Lucie Award Winners. October 2015

GUP Magazine. The Procession of Spectres. September 2015

Exposure Awards Magazine. Body Collection. August 2015

SFAQ. Damage Control: A Conversation Between Kim Anno & Ville Kansanen. August 2015

Rinse.io. Who are we? March 2015

Dodho Magazine. February 2015

L’Oeil de la Photographie. February 2015

SFMOMA. Submission Friday. January 2015

PH Magazine. April 2014. Issue 42.

Descry Magazine. Spring 2010. Issue 1.

Photofan. France. March – April 2008. Issue 19.