Maija Ylä-Sahra

 

Artist -  born 1960  - Lives and works in Espoo, Finland

Working as a cartographer and travel agent did not satisfy Maija's thirst for creativity. She started art education in Helsinki in 2000. 


First Maija did basic art studies at Alfa Art Institute under the instruction of painter Tuula Lukkarinen in 2000-2002. Later on, she studied at Art School Maa under the instruction of visual artist Stig Baumgarten in 2002-2003. Also, in 2003 Maija studied oil painting in an artist group founded by painter Marja Mali. 


During maternity leave and while living in Italy, in 1989-91, Maija started familiarising herself with drawing, pastel colours and acrylic paints in an artist group in Lucca, Tuscany, painter Gabry Angeli as the teacher. 

 

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Main Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions:

2019  Jorvi Hospital, Värit antavat voimaa/ Inspiration Of Colours, Espoo, Finland

2017  Tapiola Church, Espoo

2010  Galleria Espoonsilta, 10th year Anniversary Exhibition, Espoo, Finland
2004  Galleria Topi, Pieksämäki, Finland

Group Exhibitions:

2018  Viviana Puello Gallery, Manhattan, New York, Atim Top 60 Masters Collective Exhibition  

2017  Espoo Culture Center, Together again with Tapiola arthouse artist -group, curator Maija Ylä-Sahra

2016  Cultural Centre Poleeni, Pieksämäki, Finland. Läheltä ja kaukaa with Suman Gupta (India). Invitation.

2003  Galleria Omahuone, Helsinki, Finland (three students from Art School Maa)

Joint Exhibitions:

 

2016  Galleria Fogga, Helsinki, Finland
2015  Galleria Marzia Frozen, Neu Kultur . Berlin, Germany. Invitation.
2014  Artforum Contemporary Art Exhibition, Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki, Finland
2013  Artexpo, It´s Liquid Group. Wroclaw, Poland. Invitation.
2011  Florence Biennale, Italy. Invitation.
2011  Artforum Contemporary Art Exhibition, Messukeskus, Helsinki, Finland
2009  Donnarte at Castello di Girifalco, Cortona, Italy. Invitation.
2006  Galleria AVA, Helsinki, Finland
2006  5XBrasil at Centro Cultural de Justica Federal, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 


Performances:

2009  Kuluta Kulttuuria Event, We Are Performance, organised by the City of Espoo, Finland
2008  Pysähdy ja kuuntele , Experimental Art, Galleria Espoonsilta, Espoo, Finland
2006 Taiteilijan työskentelyä  (Artist at Work) Performance, Galleria Espoonsilta, Espoo, Finland

 


Photographic illustrations for aphorisms by Raija Hyötyläinen:

Kilovoimaa (ISBN 978-952-67584-9-7)
Nostalgia (ISBN 978-952-67584-2-8)
Nostalgia savon murteella (ISBN 978-952-68033-1-9)
Jääkukkia (ISBN 978-952-68033-5-7)
Elämän valo (ISBN 978-952-68033-7-1)

 


Positions of trust in art:

2015   Acting as Jury and Visual Coordinator of The Annual Exhibition of Kirkkonummi Art Society, Finland

2014   Acting as Jury for It's liquid; with Architect Luca Curci and Director of MECA Fernando Barrionuevo

2013   Gallerist/Coordinator, Gallery Espoonsilta, Espoo, Finland

2012   Gallerist/Coordinator, Gallery Espoonsilta, Espoo, Finland

2010-  Organised many exhibitions by international artists into Finland

2009   Instructor at a workshop for children at Ystävyyden talo, organised by the City of Espoo

2008   Visual Coordinator, Dokumentaarinen näyttely Espoon asunnottomuudesta, the City of Espoo

2008   Event Coordinator at Kuluta kulttuuria, organised by the City of Espoo


Received grants:

the City of Espoo, Finland  2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2016, 2018
Turku European Capital of Culture Foundation  2011

Membership:

Circle Art Foundation (Lyon/France)

Catalogue/Art Magazine:

 

Italarts 2006 (Finland/Italy)
Donnarte 2009 (Italy)
Florence Biennale 2011 (Italy)
Circle Quarterly Art review 2018 (France/UK)
Atim Top 60 Masters 2019 (USA)

Press Articles:    

Culture Center Poleeni meets two artists paintings from Finland and India / Länsi-Savo / 8.6.2016

Spiritual connection of an two artists / Pieksämäen lehti / 6.6.2016

Secret paradise and strenght of intuition / Savon Sanomat / 3.6.2016

 

Taideyhdistys esittäytyy Porkkalasalissa / Kirkkonummen Sanomat / 18.12.2015
http://www.kirkkonummensanomat.fi/Kirkkonummen_sanomat/etusivu/461061.html

La peinture scandinave du xxe siecle à nos jours / 17.3.2015

http://www.graphiste-webdesigner.fr/blog/2015/03/la-peinture-scandinave-du-xxe-siecle-a-nos-jours/

Liquid cities & temporary identities | Finland 2013 / June 2013 
http://www.itsliquid.com/liquid-cities-temporary-identities-finland-2013-2.html

Luhtala tuo jazzia Italiasta Espooseen / Länsiväylä / 09.04.2013
http://www.lansivayla.fi/artikkeli/231526-luhtala-tuo-jazzia-italiasta-espooseen

Galleria Espoonsilta tuo taidetta ihmisten luo / Länsiväylä / 07.09.2012
http://www.lansivayla.fi/artikkeli/136182-galleria-espoonsilta-tuo-taidetta-ihmisten-luo


Ylä-Sahrasta Espoonsillan koordinaattori  / Länsiväylä / 17.01.2012
http://www.lansivayla.fi/artikkeli/89328-yla-sahrasta-espoonsillan-koordinaattori

Asunnottomuus Espoossa, dokumentaarinen näyttely / Talentia / 9/08

Taiteilija kohtaa pelkonsa / Länsiväylä / 12.4.2006


Erilaista Mikkeliä ja realistista symboliikkaa / Länsi-Savo / 20.7.2005


Maija Ylä-Sahra heittäytyi taiteilijaksi / Pieksämäen lehti / 4.7.2004

Teoksia yksityiskokoelmissa. Jorvinsairaala.

 

Maija Coordinator/Gallerist at Gallery Espoonsilta

 Culture Centre Poleeni, exhibition opening June 2016

                Tapiola Art House 2012

               Florence Biennale 2011

 
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