Jouni Toni

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Over the past few years, Jouni Toni's primary technical approach has involved combining digital drawing and sketching with the execution of the final work using traditional media.

Biography of Jouni Toni

Jouni Toni was born in 1984 in Finland. His educational background includes studies at Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (2014-2015), SAMK Fine Arts (2006-2010), University of Ljubljana, Academy of Fine Arts (2008), and Oriveden opisto (2004-2005).

The artist received the Royal Award for Modern Painting (1st prize) in 2015 and The Art of Basware (1st prize) in 2010.

Toni's artworks are held in esteemed collections, including Rijksakademie, ING collection, Rabobank, Utrecht University Medical Centre, Collection De Heus-Zomer, DELA kunstcollectie, City of Tampere, Finnish Art Society, Kankaanpää Art Society, Helsinki Art Museum, Basware Ltd, Gofore, Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, and Tampere Car Parks Ltd.

The artist has showcased his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including "Clear Scenes on Stage" at Galerie SANAA, Utrecht; "Painting a Scene" at Galleria Saskia, Tampere; "Escapist's Dream" at Galleria Pogo, Helsinki; "Cross-section" at Galerie SANAA, Utrecht; "Good is Up" at WOW Amsterdam; "New Works" at Taidekeskus Mältinranta, Tampere; "Nature Inside Out" at w/Patra Luostarinen, Tahmelan huvila, Tampere, among others.

Jouni Toni's Art Style

Over the past few years, Toni's primary technical approach has centered around digital drawing and sketching, which he combines with traditional media to realize his final works. Jouni also engages with three-dimensional pieces that typically stem from previously created paintings. These pieces explore similar themes from alternate perspectives offered by different techniques and materials.

As the artist said, different media allow him to express various aspects of his work. For example, sculptures let him focus more on volume, and animation involves timed images distinct from painting.

- To me, my paintings are figurative because I know what’s going on there, but I’m never trying to depict the visible reality. I do approach a real phenomenon, or object or landscape, but what I paint is more about my experience of the situation. Naturally, it doesn’t end up being very figurative to the outside world. I usually start with a reference or a concept and just put out everything that feels connected to that. But sometimes I start with putting shapes and forms out there, which seems random but is unconsciously always connected to the way I feel about things at that moment. Often the result ends up being a reflection on my current state of mind, even though I wasn’t even fully aware of it. It explains something to me, and I think in that sense it could be valuable to others as well.
Jouni Toni in the interview during WOW residency in Amsterdam