Biography

Riiko Sakkinen biography

photo: Juan Campano

Born in Helsinki, Finland 1976 | Lives and works in Toledo, Spain

 

Riiko Sakkinen is the founder of Turbo Realism, a 21st century art movement that depicts globalized capitalism with mocking verisimilitude. He composes drawings, paintings, murals, slideshows, installations and interventions that comment on consumer culture, from fast-food to prostitution, from hypermarkets to drug cartels. He believes in Pablo Picasso’s dictum, “the art is not made to decorate rooms. It is an offensive weapon in the defence against the enemy”. 

 

After graduating from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2002, Sakkinen moved to Spain, where he still lives and works. Sakkinen’s works have been exhibited widely around the world in galleries and museums, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Camden Arts Centre in London and Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki. His works are included in the permanent collections of several museums, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

 

Galerie Forsblom has been representing Riiko Sakkinen since 2015.