Liisa Kanerva is a visual artist and architect from Finland, at present living and working in Norway. Her artistic practice covers several techniques from paintings and installations to architektons and architecture. However, the very base of her works is always drawing.
Liisa´s art works are figurative. Characters in them are animals, some kind of human-animal hybrids and buildings. One can say that for her buildings are also somehow living beings. Her works has been seen in galleries in Finland and abroad, in some art museums in Finland and in the mediaeval halls of the Turku Castle.
Liisa began her career as a visual artist in the 1970s. In the 1980s she got an architect degree in Finland and thereafter had post-graduate studies at the University of Florence. Later she has completed further studies on the ideas of Italian Renaissance architects in Rome and got PhD degree in the history of architecture in Finland. From the year 2000, besides her artistic work, she has worked as a free-lancer exhibition planner and architect for some museums and exhibitions in Finland.
CV Liisa Kanerva
Visual artist and architect
Born in Tornio, Finland,
at present living and working in Oslo Norway.
1998 Doctor of Technology (architecture) at Helsinki University of Technology, Department of Architecture
1993 Licentiate in Technology at University of Oulu, Department of Architecture
1986-1987 Studies in architecture at University of Florence, Italy
1986 Degree in Architecture at Oulu University, Department of Architecture
1975 Certificate in the French language at Universitè de La Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris
Memberships:. MUU ry, Finnish interdisciplinary artist’s association; Helsinki Artists' Association; STS The Artists' Association of Finland (member of the body of representatives 2012-2015); SAFA, Associaton of the Finnish architects.
2016 Gallery Aarni, studio, Tapiola, Espoo
2014 Gallery Huuto, Helsinki, Finland
2014 Gallery Vanha Kappalaisentalo, Porvoo, Finland
2013 Teijon Masuni Gallery, Salo Finland
2012 Brinkkala Gallery, Turku, Finland
2010 Salo Art Museum (studio), Salo Finland
2009,2008 Gallery of the Salo Artists’ Association, Salo Finland
2007 Salo Art Museum, Salo Finland
2000 Galleria Taidepiste, Helsinki Finland
1988 Barberino val d’Elsa Art Gallery Florence, Italy
1976, 1974, 1972 Kemi Art Museum, Kemi Finland
2018 Art Goes Kapakka, Hotel Glo Art, Helsinki
2017 Villa Lante, Institutm Finlandiae Romanum, Rome, Italy with Kaisu Koiviston and Anu Koponen)
2017 Kvintetti, Kanneltalo Gallery Helsinki
2017 Viterbo – Tracing the Middle Ages, Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, Turku Finland (with Kaisu Koiviston and Anu Koponen)
2016 Ultramarin, Gocart Gallery, Visby, Sweden (with Kaisu Koivisto)
2016 Outo Luonto [Odd Nature] Turku Castle, Finland (with Päivi Häkkinen, Tellervo Viitaniemi and ja Miia Rinne)
2016 Menagerie – Animals in the Art Zoo Toolbox, Berlin Germany
2015 Silmien vaihtajat Wiurila Mansion Salo,Finland
2014-15 Tail up! Oulu Museum of Art OMA Finland
2013-14 More than a thousand word Turku Castle, Turku, Finland
2013 Salo artists’ association in Salo Art Museum, Salo Finland
2009 Wunderkammer Myötätuuli Galery, Raahe, Finland
2008 - 2009 Art project 4 seasons, in Kukonkallio old-age home in Salo,Finland
2007-2011 ArtAroundSalo touring exhibition in Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Germany, Russia and Lithuania, arranged by Salo city and the Salo Artists’ Association.
2007 - 2010 Group Exhibitions arranged by the Salo Artists’ Association
1999 Guests in Toscana, Hyvinkää Art Museum Hyvinkää, Finland
1989 Annual exhibition of the Union of Finnish Art Associations
1985, 1983, 1976 Raja – Gräns, [Border] annual exhibition for Finnish and Swedish artists, Kemi Art Museum, Kemi, Finland and Haparanda, Sweden
1985, 1984, 1983, Annual exhibitions of the Tornio Association of Artists, Tornio, Finland
1983 Annual exhibition of Finnish Artists, Taidehalli, Helsinki
1974 Art of Lapland Exhibition of the Lappi Province Art Commission at Wäinö Aaltonen Museum in Turku, Finland
1974 Nordkalott –[Cap of the Norh] –exhibition, Luleå, Sweden
1973 Ars Arctica, Rovaniemi Art Museum, Rovaniemi Finland
1973 View of the North touring exhibition arranged by Finnish Academy of Art
1970 Annual exhibition of Northern Art, Lappia House, Rovaniemi, Finland
2010 Hymykuopat, ESR –program 2007 - 2013, Visual art in Salo Hospital, Pediatric Department.
2008 – 2010 Visual art project 4 season, Old-age home Kukonkallio, Salo
Works in collections: Aine Foundation and the collections of the art museums of Tornio, Kemi and Salo, Finland; Imago Mundi, Luciano Benetton Collection, Italia; Pirita Day Nursery, Salo Finland; Health Centre Salo, Finland; Youth Center Syväkangas Kemi, Finland.
Monographs in English:
2006 Between Science and Drawings. Renaissance Architects on Vitruvius´ Educational Ideas, Humaniora, Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia [Finnish Academy of Science], Helsinki.
1998 Defi ning the Architect in Fifteenth-Century Italy. Exemplary Architects in L.B. Alberti’s De Re aedifi catoria, Humaniora tom. 294. Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia [Finnish Academy of Science], Helsinki.