CV/Ambar info

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My work is about creating a parallel world that deals with ecological issues, class struggles and the effects of technology. Mythologies, folklore tales and trash aesthetics are taking a more present day form with the help of digital technology. Figures in my paintings are depicting a personification of matter that is being formulated with light

The citizens of Ambaria have their inner light made visible by the oil painting technique as well as with the digital light.

They demonstrate and idea about Life Force.

Something that changes through our lives and is not visible for the human perception. Still, humans too are bioluminescent and radiate light that is invisible for our senses. By connecting the idea about inner light with the oil painting tradition, as well as with the personality of the figures,

I am trying to make Ambaria look as lifelike as possible. 

“The purpose of my work is to show the development of an imaginary world in the form of paintings.”

History of Ambar:

I   Flower period:

-Timeline’s focus is on the early days of the pastime paradise.

II  Wasteland (The Great Civil War)

-Foundations for the early villages and the rebellion of the tribes.

III   Basic Geometry

-Timeline’s industrial and mathematical revolution takes it’s place.

IV History and Language

-Basic creative concepts and alphabets are unified. Time of Independence.

V Birth of Cities

-Ethereal chosen as the capital of Ambaria. City of Cryol and Marypolia listed as economically fastest growing cities. Chrysler Islands and Kingdom of Nordoc redefine their status as official municipalities of Ambaria.

Cognitive Imagery

Cognitive Images are a form of imaginary artworks. They use text or images as triggers for creating a separate mental image inside the mind. The artwork mainly takes it’s form inside you.

  1. THE WORLD IS MY FOUNTAIN is a photograph where someone pees on the pavement. Idea of the photograph is that the classical Fountain of Duchamp has been removed, and the idea of a globe as a watery and beautiful fountain emerges. It is a common symbol seen in Climate change demonstrations.

2. The Room is a text that creates a mental image and an idea about western civilization living and exhibiting art inside whitely painted minimalistic architecture. The idea is that the white paint is a self~expression of the working class and that museums, galleries, our houses, White House and Soviet Union architecture are reflecting an inner experience that western civilization and the workers have. The current state where walls are being painted with white color represents an economical change in the world. Museums have started already to select different tones for their walls. Also natural materials are being used for creating an atmosphere inside different spaces. Thankfully the future will be more colorful and enjoyable.

3. Perhaps the meaning of the image lays in the quality of it’s composition. It’s relationship with other images that humans have produced and the global connectivity that abstracts the mental image. It has to have a certain coherence that keeps it globally relatable, I thought about adding some light inside the figure in order to make it look more alive.

Cognitive image no.4.

Humankind as a figure with a face and a body made out of art.
Art forming and creating personality for mankind.

Cognitive image no. 5.
Relativity of Einstein’s theory of relativity.
-Imagine a place where the laws of physics don’t exist or are completely formable.


Timo Ryhänen


Lives and works in Helsinki




2013-2014               Universität der Künste, Berlin

2008-2013               BFA University of the Arts Helsinki

2007-2008               University of Sunderland, UK

Solo exhibitions:

2020 ————Paintings about Life Force, A2 Gallery, Helsinki

2019                 0K 2000, Painter’s Union Gallery, Helsinki

2019                 Siberia Tech. Drawing Gallery D5, Helsinki 

2018                 Junkyard, Galleria Katariina, Helsinki

2017                 Suburbian Forestry, Galleria G12, Helsinki 

2013                 Life Stimulation, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts gallery, Helsinki

2013                 Paintings, The library of Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki

Group exhibitions:

2019                 #KeithHaringTate, Tate Liverpool, UK

2014                 Our accursed share, d.h.u.a, Berlin

2014                 Space: Identity filtering, Universität der Künste, Berlin

2013                 Kammer Flimmern, Kammermusiksaal Friedenau, Berlin

2013                 Leikkipaikka, New student house, Helsinki

2013                 Kuvan kevät- the Degree show of the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki

2013                 Huutokauppa, Sorbus gallery, Helsinki

2013                Kuusi x yksi, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts gallery, Helsinki

2012                 Finnish Academy of Fine Arts group exhibition, Fondia gallery, Helsinki

2012                 Express 13, Fluid Gallery, Helsinki

2012                 Suomalainen aamiainen, The International 3, Manchester, UK

2010                 Sanctioned Array, White Box, New York

2008                 So what is art anyway?, University of Sunderland, UK

2008                 Young drunk and willing, University of Sunderland, UK

2007                 There’s a beach beneath the paving stone, MAA-Tila, Helsinki


2012                 Berlin, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts


Private collections

Paavo and Päivi Lipponen foundation, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art

Hotel Kämp, Helsinki

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin


2020 ——–Arts promotion centre Finland, Corona grant

2019           Arts promotion centre Finland, 6 months working grant

2018           Paulo Foundation

2018           Finnish Art Society, young artist grant

2015           Finnish Cultural Foundation


Finnish Painters Union

Kuvasto ry

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