CV/Ambar info

My book, All meaning of time in Ambaria can be seen or downloaded here: AMBAR 

Book contains history of Ambar, it’s characters, Cities and other information about my world. 

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

The citizens of Ambaria have their inner light made visible by the personification of oil painting technique as well as with the digital light. Light is being placed inside the figures as well as to the surrounding environment. 

It demonstrates an idea about Light Force.

Light evokes abstract themes about will, soul, growth and movement that shapes the world and our interactions.

Light Force is something that changes through our lives and is not visible for the human perception unless being sensed by the physical appearance or the action of the subject. 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. 

Light Force around the figures is an atomic reaction that happens when molecules are rubbed together through the handmade creative process. Light is the product of art much like cavemen created fire by heating, much like humans can feel the warmth by rubbing their palms together. Technological pixelated form develops into a more flexible medium that generates warmth and lightness when it is in connection with the organic atomic structures or develops into a visuality based consciousness. 

The nature of human consciousness is a word and natural volume based transmitter of thoughts and emotions. Technology and art form human consciousness into a more imaginative, memory or visuality based thinking.

Paintings of Ambaria have been constructed with the idea about the movement of the pictorial plane outwards from the mind and the canvas. Layers of painterly ideas and figures of Ambar want to become concrete parts of our world, where they would inspire people and the creative side of life. 


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


Blue feather is the symbol for connecting technology with trancendental aspects of inner expression.
Ghost Emblem is the symbol of Ambar. It expresses the nature of personal evolution in Ambar.
Snowflake is a symbol of transformation. It expresses personality.

Veil Emblem is a symbol for interconnectedness in Ambar.
IKIKI is a word in Ambar for everything that exists there. It is an expression of friendliness towards the world.

“Thing” is a word for something or anything in the language of art. Three things inside themselves is similar to the idea of a Tesseract

Silver Fox is the inventor of the machines in Ambar. He builds all the necessary equipment for the future of art.
Scale module is a form that grows new branches each year. It connects the ancient natural forms with technology and the human form.
Convex form connects Life Force and it’s growth with light or water based systems in nature.
CAN is a symbol of energy. It depicts change and the ability of overcoming inner limitations throughout the histories of different working environments.
Hand is a symbol for Determination. It encourages an individual to make something very personal by choosing a life’s purpose on which to work towards to.
Whale is a symbol of the cultural evolution. It represents the meaning of life to be found for humans, which is to take care of others, animals and the ecosystem. Caring evokes a sense of meaning in all crafts that allow that to happen. At first, the evolution of whales went onto the land and formed into a creature with four legs. Then that consciousness decided to go back to the oceans. Now whales adapt to the changing ecosystem affected by humans. By having a larger brain and more fluid consciousness, whales are considered to have developed a matriarchal cultural system with a basis on social interaction. Whales could be understood as being differently intellect as humans and expressing themselves with singing and daily dialogue. They have a very sophisticated and philosophical culture which has no physical evidence because whales don’t have hands.
Symbol of Appreciation (Development based form)
Symbol of New (A language based form)
Cultural Mirror is a symbol about the idea of an overall identity that countries create on the basis of how other countries might perceive them to be like. Cultural mirrors are often a source of inspiration for the people because they reflect shared enjoyment as valuable.
Feather form
is a central line form with divisions growing from it.
Bird feathers have barbs growing out from the rachis. 
And barbs are divided into similar but smaller barbules. 
Feather form often modifies the shape of the convex form,
and is the structure that distributes life force inside the multiplying
ecosystems. Form connects rivers, trees, hands, blood circulation, animals 
and cultural development.
Hand and Head gesture expresses eternal connectivity of Ambiens. It is often used as a sign of introduction and likemindedness. The Gesture implies that psychological exchange of ideas is about to happen.
Symbol of Diversity is about life that can’t fit anymore into cultural stereotypes. Progress within the society produces more freedom for choices and identities. Coloured forms depict the formation of nuances inside humanity and our scheme of things.
Drop symbol is a liquid form that connects human evolutionary consciousness into the underwater life. Life in the oceans has developed into a more colourful, abstracted and light carrying forms. Life Force that is distributed by the liquids inside organic forms has the ability to overcome gravity of the material existence.
Symbol of Symbols. The earth the sun and the moon. The movement and it’s style moving much like paint. Directional movements of humans and animals changing into curvature lines. The transformation of movement changes the feeling of being in the world. The erosion and development sculpting life into it’s multiple essence.
Symbol of Gravity

Gravity and Ethereality are directional ways for forms to develop in.
Central mass of life force gathers around those polarities and
guides the visual appearance and function of life forms. While animals and culture tend
to develop in a more spreadable and horizontal way, humans and nature grow more vertically until they reach a certain age.
Verticality of the symbol expresses the speciality and the difference of growth from other beings while connecting humans into the growth of the whole natural ecosystem.
Symbol of the same. Mirrored dualities in repeated patterns. Life forms into an individualistic need for comfort while attempting to break it at the same time. Time makes our behaviour the same while we want to find something personal and lasting at the same time. Symbol of the same expresses an equilibrium after the collision of cultural models and our natural gravitation towards change.

Atomic Heart is a symbol for manifesting, making and enforcing the natural pathway that all life has inside. The movement of atomic energy can be transformed through the act of free will into a more enjoyable existence that moves away from the simulated outcome.

Symbol of Origin, otherwise called the Big O is a character in Ambar that has eternal qualities of art like mirroring, reproduction, playfulness, weirdness and statue/souvenir likeness. It symbolises the future of art by having an O body shape as well as unapologetic appearance.

Map of Ambaria

Ambarian Flag that represents Ambaria around the world.

Cognitive Imagery

Heart and Hand symbol. It shows the connections between inner feeling and the hand.

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.

Cognitive Image no. 6

If you look at the world on the basis of texture, colour and painted surface, everything has already a layer of paint on it. Computer softwares use those three aspects to define the attributes of painting. Surrounding world already expresses it’s painterliness and humanity through the surface of culturally produced objects. I think of digital painting as something that is more flexible medium around the social sculpture of our times.

Cognitive Image no. 7

A beach, the sun, the ocean and zero gravity.


Timo Ryhänen


Lives and works in Vantaa, Finland




2013-2014               Universität der Künste, Berlin

2008-2013               BFA University of the Arts Helsinki

2007-2008               University of Sunderland, UK

Solo exhibitions:

2022 Alpaca Art, HAA-Gallery, Helsinki

2022 Ambiens, Ambions and Ambas, Galeria Nueva, Madrid

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


2022 Madrid, The Hug Residency

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


2022 Arts promotion centre Finland, project grant

2022 Finnish Cultural Foundation, residency grant

2022 Alfred Kordelin Foundation, 1 year working grant

2021 Arts promotion centre Finland, corona grant

2020 Arts promotion centre Finland, residency grant

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