Hannu Palosuo

Resident artist

Hannu Palosuo was born in 1966 in Helsinki, Finland. In 1989 he came to Rome on a scholarship, where he attended the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy at the University "La Sapienza", specialising in "History of Modern Art", and the Academy of Fine Arts. After a few years he moved permanently to Rome where he lives and works. He has had numerous experiences of artistic work in Europe and abroad. Palosuo becomes the creator of a modern figuration that reveals how a recurring theme can be of absolute topicality. On the evocation of memory and remembrance, the artist makes everyday life the protagonist of his paintings, with contrasting but concordant tones to highlight the positive and negative of the image, its presence and its emptiness. He also participated in the Venice Biennale in 2009, 2011 and 2013, the Cairo Biennale in 2010 and the Curitiba Biennale in 2017 and 2019.


1991 - 1993 Universitá degli Studi "La Sapienza" of Rome - History of Contemporary Art.
1993 - 1997 Academy of Fine Arts of Rome - Painting


2013 Limen Arte, 2013, Chamber of Commerce, Vibo Valentia, ITALY
2011 Finnish Art Society, William Thuring price, FINLAND
2009 Academic of Merit, International Academy "City of Rome", ITALY


2011 Incontrifes 2011, Fes, MOROCCO
2010 III International Symposium of Contemporary Art, Ma'arra al No'man, SYRIA
2009 II International Symposium of Contemporary Art, Damascus, SYRIA

Artist residencies:

2017 BoCS ART, Cosenza, ITALY
2015 Cité International des Arts, Paris, FRANCE
2010 Villa Karo, Grand Popo, REPUBLIC OF BENIN
2008 Cité International des Arts, Paris, FRANCE
2002 Cité International des Arts, Paris, FRANCE
1999 Voipaala Art Center, Sääksmäki, FINLAND

Selected exhibitions:

2019 14 Bienal de Curitiba, BRASIL; MAB-Museu de Arte de Blumenau, BRAZIL; Albert Edelfelt Foundation, Haikko FINLAND
2018 MACRO Asilo, Rome, ITALY; Case Romane al Celio Museo, Rome, ITALY ; Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, Rome, ITALY ; Finlayson Art Area, Tampere, FINLAND
2016 National Museum of Finland, Helsinki, FINLAND; Gumbostrand Konst och Form, Sipoo, FINLAND; Ontika Manor, ESTONIA
2014 Sala Santa Rita, Rome, ITALY; Fondazione Villa Bertelli, Forte dei Marmi, ITALY
2013 55. Venice Art Biennale, ITALY; Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome, ITALY; Reial Cercle Artistic, Barcelona, SPAIN; Fondazione Sant'Elia, Palermo, ITALY; Circolo degli Artisti, Turin, ITALY
2011 55. Venice Art Biennale
2010 Tikanojan Taidekoti Museum, Vaasa, FINLAND; Fondazione Durini, Milan, ITALY; Pabellòn de las Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
2009 53. Venice Art Biennale, ITALY; Mart, SAN MARINO
2008 Willa Mac - Museum of Finnish Contemporary Art, Tampere, FINLAND
2007 Innocenter, HONG KONG; Instituto Iberoamericano, Madrid, SPAIN; Museo Zorrilla, Montevideo URUGUAY
2006 Heinola Art Museum, Heinola, FINLAND; Focal Point, Buenos Aires, ARGENTIINA; Herbergenmuseum, München, GERMANY; Frauatlantica, Miami, USA
2005 Sojoh University Gallery, Kumamoto, JAPAN

Works in public collections:

Fundacion CABA, Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
Fundacion Mundo Nuevo, Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
Pabellòn de las Bellas Artes UCA, Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
Scherlachius Foundation, Mänttä, FINLAND
Niemistö Foundation - Hämeenlinna Art Museum, FINLAND
Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki, FINLAND
Heinola Art Museum, Heinola, FINLAND
Tampere Art Museum Tampere, FINLAND
Paulo Foundation, Helsinki, FINLAND
Nelimarkka Foundation, Helsinki, FINLAND
Kuntsi Foundation, Vaasa, FINLAND
Majaoja Foundation, Tampere, FINLAND
Willa Mac - Museum of Finnish Contemporary Art, Tampere, FINLAND
Voipaala Art Center, Sääksmäki, FINLAND
Herbergenmuseum, München, GERMANY
National Gallery of Modern Art, Rome, ITALY
GAMM - Modern Art Gallery, Messina, ITALY
Chamber of Commerce, Vibo Valentia, ITALY
Villa Bertelli Foundation, Forte dei Marmi, ITALY
Durini Foundation, Milan, ITALY
Valerio Riva Foundation, Venice, ITALY
Ducci Foundation, Rome, ITALY
La Sartirana Arte Foundation, Sartirana, ITALY
d'AC Collection, Ciampino, ITALY
Museo della Mattonella, Messina, ITALY
Benetton Collection, Turin, ITALY
Fondazione Sant'Elia, Palermo, ITALY
Circolo degli Artisti, Turin, ITALY
Marco Scacchi Museum, Gallese, ITALY
Province of Florence, ITALY
Roberto Bilotti Museum, Rende, ITALY
Sojo University, Kumamoto, JAPAN
National Gallery, Amman, JORDAN
Royal Cultural Center, Amman, JORDAN
Reial Cercle Artistic, Barcelona, SPAIN
Instituto Iberoamericano, Madrid, SPAIN
National Museum, Damascus, SYRIA
Ministry of Culture, Damascus, SYRIA
Apotekets Konst Forening, Stockholm, SWEDEN
Museum Zorrilla, Montevideo, URUGUAY

Artist updated on June, 8 2021 - 15:59