1976, Joensuu
Visual Artist, media artist, graphic artist/printmaker
Koskelantie 28 C 12, 00610 Helsinki

VAPPU ROSSI (1976) is a visual artist working in Helsinki, Finland. Her work, although based on drawing, finds form in a variety of media: paintings, light boxes, lithographies and media art animations. Site specific, performative and social art projects also are part of her work.

Receptive thin lines are the building material of Rossi’s images: they weave a web that slowly gives the figures their form. Her work represents the medium of drawing in very large sense: as instrument of encountering, connecting and noting, as prosess and as spatial or temporal event; from lightning-quick croquis mouvements to giant murals and anamorphic wall drawings.

Her themes handle basic existentialistic questions, the key words are contemplation and silence, birth and vitality, love and miracle – and, on the other hand, the fragility and evanescence of everything: the meaning, and the will to preserve, that results from impermanence. The main motif is human figure.

The fabric of piled up lines, translucence, light and twilight are the visual core of Rossi’s work. Her art is graphic but delicate, both robust and detailed, even beautiful; her figures, though having strong feeling of presence, are often on the edge, floating out of reach, to unconsciousness or transcendence. Rossi’s light boxes and stone lithography series show the beauty and mystery of twilight: the human-like figure flickering in darkness is sometimes more animal than human, a hybrid, whose sight rapidly meets the viewer; like a wild animal caught by camera flash or a rabbit hypnotized by car lights. Rossi’s work is multi-disciplinary, dealing timeless issues from a contemporary angle. Her expression is founded on her excellent drawing skills. She has a master’s degree from Academy of Fine Arts in Finland and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Art and Design Helsinki.

Rossi’s work has been presented widely in museums, galleries and festivals around the world, recently i.a. in Frans Masereel International Printmaking Centrum in Belgium, the 5th Rokycany Biennial in Graphic Arts in Czech Republic, Public Screens Project in Norway, Festival Les Instants Vidéo in Marseille, France, 700IS Festival in Island, the Annual Exhibition of Artists' Association of Finland, Exhibition class of Salmela's 2nd Visual Arts competition for Young Artists, in Mäntyharju, Finland. Rossi was also one of the artists of the XV Mänttä Art Festival 2010.

During the year 2011 Rossi’s art can be seen in her solo exhibitions in Gallery Harmonia, Jyväskylä Centre for Printmaking, Finland and in Finnland Zentrum, Berlin. Her works are also presented in South Carelian Art Museum, Clare Valley Film Festival in Australia, Animacall screening in Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki, Greece, Helsinki Culture Tram, Haihara Art Center in Tampere, Contemporary Art in Naantali and Raisio and XII Consciousness Event of Contemporary Art in Hyvinkää. Rossi’s next solo exhibition is in Tuusula Art Museum in the spring 2012.


Drawn in stone, Hanasaari Art Center, Helsinki 15.10.2011–15.1.2012. The exhibition shows contemporary stone lithographies and it\'s linked to lithography exhibition in Ateneum Art Museum.

Next solo exhibitions:

Tuusula Art Museum, Art Center Kasarmi, 15.2.–20.5.2012

Helsinki Kunsthalle Studio, 18.8.–7.10.2012

Almost here, 2010.
Coloured pencil on paper, 115 x 90,5 cm.
Jyväskylä Art Museum.