Born in Espoo, Finland 1984 | Lives and works in Porvoo, Finland
Humans and nature serve as the subject matter of Reima Nevalainen’s collage paintings – not as conflicting elements, however, for human figures and nature coexist as equals in his compositions. Nevalainen mines his subject matter from personal experience, trusting in the intuitive power of the subconscious. The sense of intimacy is heightened by his multi-layered collage technique, in which he combines paint with materials such as sand and paper, or scrapes away the paint to reveal contrasting surfaces underneath.
Nevalainen was selected Finland’s Young Artist of the Year 2016 and has recently finished his first two extensive solo exhibitions in relation to the award at Tampere Art Museum and Aboa vetus & Ars Nova Museum. Both exhibitions featured his latest paintings, a selection of his earlier major painted works and a wide array of drawings from throughout his career.
Nevalainen graduated as a painter from the Kankaanpää Art School in 2008. In addition to one-man shows in Finland and Japan, he has also taken part in numerous group exhibitions. Nevalainen’s work is included in several collections in Finland, including the Finnish State Art Deposit Collection, the Finnish Art Society, and the Helsinki Art Museum and Pori Art Museum.
Galerie Forsblom has been representing Reima Nevalainen since 2011.