top of page

CV Vesa Aaltonen, born in Pomarkku 1965, lives in Turku

tel. +358 400 546264



2013-14 Grafic Design (basics), The Summer University of Turku

2013 The Photobook, Going Beyond the Form -

ISSP (International Summer School of Photography) workshop, Latvia

2003 Digiart, Turku Arts Academy / Polytechnic

1992-95 Photographer, Turku School for Art and Communication

1990-91 Videoart, Polytechnical Institute, Oulu

1984 Student, Upper Secondary School, Pomarkku



2007 - freelance photographer:

art reproduction and art installation photography nationally for several museums and artists,

architecture, interours, illustrations, graphic design

2006-14 part-time lecturer, Turku Art Academy

1997-05 lecturer in Photography, Turku Art Academy

1997 Photographer, Turun Provincial Museum

1988-97 Theather photographer

1987-90 TV-cameraman MTV-news Finland (finnish commercial tv-channel)



2018 12/2018 MINDSCAPES, Photographic Centre Nykyaika, Tampere, Finland

2018 MINDSCAPES, Poriginal-gallery, Pori, Finland

2016 MINDSCAPES, Gallery Å, Turku, Finland

2015 AURAJOKI-PROMENAD – Cityscapes from Turku, Cafe Art, Turku, Finland

2012 CLASSPHOTO 2000-2011, Center Of Photography, Lappeenranta Finland

2011 CLASSPHOTO 2000-2011, Photographic Centre Peri, Turku, Finland


2003 Falkenberg Museum, Sweden, 2003,Kulturhuset, Stockholm Sweden,

2000 Poriginal-gallery, Pori Finland1998, Photographic Centre Peri, Turku Finland

1998 Stabs gallery, Korppoo Finland, 1997 Gallery Workshop, Helsinki Finland



2017 HERITAGE30; Photographic Centre Peri´s 30-year anniversary exhibition, Turku Finland

2016 Wild Strawberries, Compiled from the Wäinö Aaltonen museum of Art Collection, Turku Finland

2015 Turku Artists Association, Gallery Berner, Turku, Finland

2013 ISSP-2013, Kuldiga Arts Hall, Latvia

2012 Äärimmäisyyksien yhteinen tekijä, Wäinö Aaltonen museum of Art, Turku, Finland

(Turku Art Acadedmy 20-year anniversary exhibition) KAKOLA-PRISON-installation

2008 Art-Photo-Therapy, Abacus from the Memories, Turku town library, Finland

2005 Sent via multimedia, Salo Art Museum, Finland

2005 Breakfast on the Quay – works from Wäinö Aaltonen museum of Art collections, Turku Finland

2004 Concerning the Commonplace, Turku Art Museum, Finland

2003 Human everyday, Vantaa Art Museum, Finland

2002 Photographic Centre Peri, Turku, Finland

1997 Photographic Centre Peri, Turku, Finland

1997 Theaterworks, competition exhibit. Tampere Theater, Finland

1995 Cappanawalla, Gallery Zebra, Karjaa, Finland

1994 Cappanawalla, Gallery Titanik, Turku, Finland

1994 Impressions, Town Library Pori, Finland

1994 Impressions, Gallery Kahdeksan tuolia, Turku, Finland

1994 Impressions, Reposaari, Pori, Finland



2012-2014 Turku Arts Academy CSP (Contemporary Self-Portarait Project)


2014 Bildmuseet, Umeå Sweden

2014 Turku Arts Acdemy

2014 ISSP, Riga Latvia

2008-2011 Turku European Capital of Culture

Self-portrait project Turku-St.Petersburg-Cologne 2008-2011 (14 exhibitions )

Main exhibitions:

2011 Turku Library

2011 Public Spaces & buses Cologne, Germany 2011 Russian Museum, St.Petersburg, Russia

2011 Turku European Capital of Culture 2000&11 Self-Portraits Project, Turku Arts Academy



Photographic Artists’ Association, Helsinki

Center of Photography Peri,Turku

Turku Artists’ Association, Turku



Member, Arts Promotion Centre, National Council for Public display grants 2014-2015

Member, Arts Promotion Centre, National Council for Photographic Art 2013-2014

Member, Arts Promotion Centre, Varsinais-Suomi region 2014-2015



Helsinki City Art Museum, Finland, University of Turku, Finland,

Turku City Art Museum, Finland, Town of Naantali, Finland

Private collections



Abacus of the Memories, 2007, Community art project at Portsakoti (home for elderly) Turku, Finland

Turku - St.Petersburg - Cologne, Self-portrait installation, Puolala Upper Secondary School, Turku, Finland



2018 City of Turku, artist grant 1-year

2017 City of Turku, project grant

2016 Arts Promotion Centre Varsinais-Suomi region (South West Finland), project grant

2015 Finnish Cultural Foundation, Varsinais-Suomi Regional Fund, artist grant 8 months

2013 Kone Foundation, artist grant 4 months

2012 Turku2011 Foundation (group). project grant

2012 Art Council of Finland, project grant

2011 Art Council of Finland, project grant

2009 Turku 2011 Foundation (group), project grant

2007 Art Council of Finland (group) project grant

2005 Finnish Cultural Foundation, Varsinais-Suomi, Regional Fund (group),project grant

2004 Finnish Cultural Foundation, Varsinais-Suomi, Regional Fund, artist grant

2003 City of Turku, project grant

2003 Finnish-Swedish Cultural Foundation, project grant

2003 Art Council of Finland, project grant

2002 Finnish Cultural Foundation, artist grant 1-year

2000 Art Council of South-West Finland, artist grant

1998 Art Council of South-West Finland, project grant

bottom of page