Carolus Enckell biography

photo: Jussi Tiainen

Born in Helsinki, Finland 1945–2017 | Lived and worked in Helsinki, Finland.


Carolus Enckell is a leading proponent of Finnish modern art and established in the Nordic art scene. He describes his approach as "pure experiential seeing", meaning that his work is not intended to be deciphered or understood through the lens of acquired symbolic codes of interpretation, but instead it is meant to be felt and experienced with the senses. Enckell insists that it is only through experience that we can comprehend the true nature of color. His art foregrounds the very essence of what painting is all about.


Enckell has received numerous awards, including the Pro Finlandia Medal in 2009. He is also recognized for his contribution as a noted writer and educator. He has taken part in numerous solo and group exhibitions both in Finland and internationally since the 1960s. A wide sample of his work is found in various Nordic art museums and in numerous private collections. Enckell was awarded the Carnegie Art Award in 2001.


Galerie Forsblom has been representing Carolus Enckell since 2008.