Biography

Ville Kansanen is a Finnish artist based in California. He works with photography, sculpture, video and land art.

The primary focus of his work relates to digital photography as a unique metaphysical space. A space with its idiosyncratic physics that are uniquely adapted for the practice of reverence: the creation of meaningful relationships with Nature and the sublime. His work seeks to mimic, simulate and interact with natural phenomena that humankind has revered as supernatural, and which formed the basis for nascent religious belief systems.

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 was awarded the Lucie Award and the International Photography Award as Fine Art Photographer of the Year. He has exhibited internationally with museums and private galleries. He is self-taught.

The practice of reverence: creating meaningful relationships with Nature and the sublime.

The primary focus of his work relates to digital photography as a unique metaphysical space. A space with its idiosyncratic physics that are uniquely adapted for the practice of reverence: the creation of meaningful relationships with Nature and the sublime. His work seeks to mimic, simulate and interact with natural phenomena that humankind has revered as supernatural, and which formed the basis for nascent religious belief systems.

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 was awarded the Lucie Award and the International Photography Award as Fine Art Photographer of the Year. He has exhibited internationally with museums and private galleries. He is self-taught.

The practice of reverence: creating meaningful relationships with Nature and the sublime.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

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

Berlin, Germany. March, 2016. Galerie Hiltawsky

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

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

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

London, UK. February 2008. OFCOM Report Exhibition

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

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 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.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

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

Berlin, Germany. March, 2016. Galerie Hiltawsky

GROUP EXHIBITIONS & FESTIVALS

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

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.