JANNE RÄISÄNEN (1971 Pudasjärvi, Finland) lives and works in Berlin.
In his work Janne Räisänen constantly shifts between canvas and paper. He starts with drawings as a basic ground in his practice, from where he continues with various painting elements. At this starting point the motives are still unknown to himself and only start to unravel slowly within the process. While full of sensuality his work also focuses on the humorous playfulness of its subjects, which range from Lapland landscapes and reindeers to fictional emperors, presidents, friends, and popstars.
Janne Räisänen studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki where he graduated in 1998. He was a guest student at Städelschule in Frankfurt in 1996. Selected exhibitions include Kunsthalle Helsinki, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard (Copenhagen), W.I.P. Kunsthall (Stockholm), Weserburg (Bremen), Kunstverein Schwäbisch Hall or Kunstverein Göttingen. His works can be found at Ståhl Collection, Norrköping (Sweden), State Art Deposit Collection (Finland), Oulu Art Museum (Finland) or Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma Helsinki (Finland).
Räisänen was a Nominee for various awards such as the Carnagie Art Award or the Fine Arts Academy of Finland Prize and was granted the William Thuring First Prize in 2008.