Riku Mäkinen biography

photo: Angel Gil

Born in Hyvinkää, Finland 1974 | Lives and works in Helsinki, Finland


Riku Mäkinen’s collages look as if they were in perpetual motion: his geometrical silk paper cutouts crisscross and interlock as if constantly searching for a comfortable spot on the aluminum surface. Some are punctuated by details resembling miniature pipe joints, which give the appearance of tying together the slips of paper. The translucent paper has a weightless, immaterial quality; together with the reflective aluminum, it keeps shifting and changing depending on the lighting of the space.


In addition to studying in the master’s program at the Helsinki Academy of Fine Arts, Mäkinen has also studied sculpture and media art at the Lahti Institute of Design and Fine Arts. He has served as a visiting lecturer at many Finnish art schools, and his work is found in collections including the Finnish State Art Commission and the Sara Hildén Foundation.