Osmo Rauhala

Born 1957  I  Lives and works in Nokia, Finland and New York



An interest in human ability and the potential to understand the surrounding reality, especially nature, inspires Osmo Rauhala’s artistic work and thinking. The modern person’s most important means of understanding the world is through language. This fact is a recurrent theme in Rauhala’s artistic work, and he often exploits dialogue between natural shapes and man-made symbols. Through art, he seeks to explore the connections between these forms and linguistic images and the mystery of life. Deep, graphically-pure works focus on the relationship between man, science, and nature. His works – paintings, installations and video works – deeply root us in fundamental values.


Rauhala is known for his ground-breaking work in the eld of Finnish visual art. Since the late 1980s he has lived in New York, where he completed his Master’s Degree in Fine Arts in 1990. He has held over 56 solo exhibitions, of which 16 were museum exhibitions in Europe and North and South America. In addition to a successful international art career, an organic farm in Finland has kept him in touch with his home country. His works will be on view from September as part of a large museum exhibition in the Didrichsen Art Museum.