Arno Rafael Minkkinen is a Finnish American photographer, educator, curator, and writer with over 100 solo shows and nearly 200 group exhibitions at galleries and museums worldwide.
He is known for his black and white abstract pieces which juxtapose bodies and landscapes in surprising ways: he "directs scenes in which his body - or a portion of it - appears as an integral part of the landscape - such as an outcropping or rock formation".
Minkkinen was born in Helsinki, Finland in 1945. After his family moved to the United States, Minkkinen graduated from Wagner College in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, and from Rhode Island School of Design where he studied with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind with a Master of Fine Arts in Photography. An assistant professor at M.I.T. in the late 1970s, today Minkkinen is Nancy Donahue Emeritus Professor of Art at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He also serves as Docent at Aalto University of Art, Design, and Architecture in Helsinki and has lectured in over 100 venues around the world.
In 1993 the Finnish government bestowed on Minkkinen the Order of the Lion First Class medal for his curatorial service in support of Finnish Photography. He was also a recipient of the 2006 Finnish State Art Prize in Photography and the 2013 Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Fine Art presented at Carnegie Hall.
This year, Minkkinen was honored with a 2015 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Most recently, his work has been shown at the Lumière Brothers Center of Photography in Moscow, the Images Festival in Vevey, Switzerland, the Photography Oxford Festival in England, Galerie Camera Obscura in Paris, and at the Blomqvist Kunsthandel in Oslo.
Published and exhibited worldwide, Minkkinen's work can be found in over 75 major museums/institutional collections inclduing the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, the Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Musée de l'Élysée in Lausanne, the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Japan.
Arno Rafael Minkkinen
Solo Exhibitions / Einzelausstellungen
"Freemale," Soho Photo Gallery. New York, New York.
Apeiron Traveling Exhibition. Spectrum Gallery. Tucson, Arizona.
"White Underpants," Gallery for Creative Photography. Copenhagen, Denmark.
Photographic Museum of Finland. Helsinki, Finland.
Fotografiska Museet at Moderna Museet. Stockholm, Sweden.
"Frostbite," Addison Gallery of American Art. Andover, Massachusetts.
Canon Photo Gallery. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Yuen Lui Gallery. Seattle, Washington.
"Father & Son," Robert Klein Gallery. Boston, Massachusetts.
Photographic Museum of Finland. Helsinki, Finland.
Maison de la Culture. Reims, France.
Galerie Viviane Esders. Paris, France.
"Mattomies," Porin Taidemuseo. Pori, Finland
Galerie Viviane Esders. Paris, France
Oulu Art Museum. Oulu, Finland.
"15 Years in Front of My Camera," Galerie Viviane Esders. Paris, France.
Bannister Gallery, Rhode Island College. Providence, Rhode Island.
Peri Center of Photography. Turku, Finland.
Available Light Gallery. Jacksonville, Florida.
Ever Since Apeiron. Galeria Luukku. Joensuu, Finland.
"Primordial Image," Centre d'Art Santa Monica. Barcelona, Spain
"Finnice," Galerie Suzel Berna. Antibes, France.
"Retrospective: Finnice," Museum of Modern Art. Nice, France.
"Spirit Level," Images Center of Photography. Cincinnati, Ohio.
Prague House of Photography. Prague, Czech Republic.
Le Parvis de Tarbes. Tarbes, France.
Galerie du Château d'Eau. Toulouse, France.
Galerie Imagerie / Centre Jean Savidan. Lannion, France.
Akehurst Gallery. London, United Kingdom.
Houk Friedman Gallery. New York, New York.
Arthothèque de Grenoble. Grenoble, France.
Laterna Magica. Helsinki, Finland.
Fotogalleriet. Oslo, Norway.
Braggiotti Gallery. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
"Retrospective: Waterline," Pori Art Museum. Pori, Finland.
Musée de l'Élysée. Lausanne, Switzerland.
L'Artothèque de Caen and Musée de Normandie. Caen, France.
Sundsvall Museet. Sundsvall, Sweden.
Museet for Fotokunst, Brandts Klædefabrik. Odense, Denmark.
Musée de la Photographie. Charleroi, Belgium.
"Retrospective," Castello Fortezza, Montalcino. Tuscany, Italy.
Il Diaframma. Milano, Italy.
"Reindeer in the Canyon," Galerie Nathalie Emprin. Paris, France.
"Body Land," Galerie Clairefontaine. Luxembourg.
"High Noon: Self-Portraits in the American West," Barry Friedman Ltd. New York
"Body & Photography," American Cultural Center. Prague, Czech Republic.
"Ten Minutes Past Midnight," Mois de la Photo. Paris, France.
Gallen Kallela Museum. Helsinki, Finland.
"Frequent Flyer," Photo & Co. Torino, Italy.
"Retrospective in the exhibition: The Body as an Expression of the Subconscious," Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. Tokyo, Japan.
Joel Soroka Gallery. Aspen, Colorado.
"Never in the Viewfinder," Photo-Eye Gallery. Santa Fe, New Mexico.
"Retrospective: Arno Rafael Minkkinen: trente ans d'autoportraits," Église Saint Georges, Musée de Normandie. Caen, France
"Arno Rafael Minkkinen," Robert Klein Gallery. Boston, Massachusetts.
"Arno Rafael Minkkinen: Photographs," Tibor de Nagy Gallery. New York.
"Arno Rafael Minkkinen: Vintage Photographs 1970 - 1980," Tibor de Nagy Gallery.
"Saga: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Thirty-five Years of Photographs," Robert Klein Gallery. Boston, Massachusetts
"Saga: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Photographs 1970-2005," De Cordova Museum and Sculpture Park. Lincoln, Massachusetts.
National Museum of Contemporary Art. Bucharest, Rumania.
Palace of Art. Bratislava, Slovakia
Salon Taidemuseo. Salo, Finland
Palazzo dei Principi. Reggio Emilia, Italy
Winnipeg Art Gallery. Winnipeg, Canada
"Le Corps Du Photographe," Galerie Saluden. Quimper, France.
Mai-Photographies. Quimper, Brittany, France.
2nd Lianzhou International Photo Festival. Lianzhou (Guangdong Province), China.
"Fotografi i Fokus Festival," Malmö Museet. Malmö, Sweden.
"Four Decades of Self-Portraits," Barry Friedman Ltd. New York.
"Arno Minkkinen," Fay Gold Gallery. Atlanta, Georgia
"HOMEWORK: Suomen Kuvat/The Finnish Photographs, 1973 to 2008," Galerie Agathe Gaillard. Paris, France.
"Home Work," Galerie Anhava. Helsinki, Finland
"SAGA: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Thirty-Five Years of Photographs," SEE+ Art Space Gallery. Beijing, China.
"Arno Rafael Minkkinen," Lago Vista Gallery, Richland College. Dallas, Texas.
"In Print: 25th anniversary exhibition," Robert Klein Gallery. Boston, Massachusetts.
"SAGA: The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Photographs 1970-2005," Winnipeg Art Gallery. Winnipeg, Canada
Cavallo Point, Golden Gate National Park at Fort Baker. San Francisco, California.
"Arno Rafael Minkkinen: Empreintes de pieds finlandais - Autoportraits 70/08 (Finnish Footprints: 70/08)," Institut Finlandais. Paris, France
"HOMEWORK: Suomen Kuvat/The Finnish Photographs, 1973 to 2008," Lahti Art Museum. Lahti, Finland
"L'Empire Nu d'Arno Rafael Minkkinen," Galerie Valérie Bach. Bruxelles, Belgium.
"Arno Rafael Minkkinen: Weighhtlessness," Weeks Gallery, Jamestown Community College. Jamestown, New York. June 8-July 30, 2009.
"Residency exhibition," Pour L'Instant. Niort, France
Shanghai World's Fair, Finnish Pavilion. Shanghai, China
"Arno Rafael Minkkinen - Body Land," Photo & Contemporary. Torino, Italy
Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Juminkeko Gallery. Kuhmo, Finland
"Arno Rafael Minkkinen," Galerie Confluence. Nantes, France
"L'Homme Nature: Photographies de Arno Rafael Minkkinen," Royal Theatre of Namur. Namur, Belgium
Galerie Agathe Gaillard. Paris, France
"The journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen", in focus Galerie, Köln, Germany
Lumière Brothers Center of Photography in Moskau, Russland
Images Festival, Vevey, Schweiz
Photography Oxford Festival, England
Galerie Camera Obscura in Paris, Frankreich
Blomqvist Kunsthandel, Oslo, Finnland
- Frostbite, Morgan & Morgan, Dobbs Ferry, New York, 1978
- Waterline, Marval/Paris, Aperture/New York, and Otava/Helsinki, 1994, Grand Prix du Livre at the 25th Rencontres d'Arles
- Body Land, Motta/Milan, Nathan/Paris, Smithsonian Institution Press/Washington, DC, 1997-1999
- Ten Minutes Past Midnight, Musta Taide, 1999
- SAGA, The Journey of Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Thirty-Five Years of Photographs, Chronicle Books,
San Francisco, 2005, Special Jury Prize, 2nd Lianzhou International Photography Festival, China
- Swimming in the Air, Cavallo Point, San Francisco, 2008
- Homework: The Finnish Photographs, 1973 to 2008, Like Publishing Ltd., Helsinki, 2008
- Balanced Equation, Lodima Portfolio Series, Lodima Press, 2010