Groupshow at Galerie von Braunbehrens

12.3. - 21.4. 2022


Daniel Cherbuin, Xenia Hausner, Birgid Helmy, Sean Henry, Herlinde Koelbl, Sami Lukkarinen, Marck, Elena Steiner, Deborah Sengl


Unelma ihmisestä - Dream of a Human Being

Turun Taidehalli - Kunsthalle Turku

3.9. - 3.10. 2021

Solo exhibition with futurist Roope Mokka. Exhibition continues to collect unpublished selfies to a secure unpublished.us database. In "Latent Space" installation you can see how Artificial Intelligence looks your unpublished selfies. Also some paintings from "artificial" series in the show first time in Finland.


Haastattelu Unpublished.us projektista ja Turun Taidehallin näyttelystä:


Mäntän Kuvataideviikot - Mänttä Art Festival

13.6. - 31.8. 2021

Dream Humans installation with Futurist Roope Mokka and new Paintings in Mänttä Art Festival next Summer.


Der neue Mensch and Related Realities

Galerie von Braunbehrens Stuttgart and Galleria Himmelblau Tampere

September 2020

New paintings from "Artificial" series first time in my solo exhibition "Der neue Mensch" at Galerie von Braunbehrens, Stuttgart, Germany September 19th - October 9th.


Computer Vision - Unpublished Us installation in Backlight International Photo Festival main exhibition "Related Realities" at Galleria Himmelblau, Tampere, Finland 4.9. - 25.10. 2020



Galerie Forsblom Stockholm

4.4. - 12.5. 2019

New paintings in my solo exhibition at Galerie Forsblom Stockholm. Welcome to the opening party on April 4th from 5 to 7!


An der Nordkante

Stadtgalerie Kiel, Germany

1.3. - 26.5. 2019

Exhibition showing Finnish contemporary art in Stadtgalerie Kiel. 


Art Miami

Galerie von Braunbehrens

December 4 - 9

From Renaissance to Obama - Looking at Self Through Technology

Solo Exhibition at Nordic Business Forum, Messukeskus Helsinki

26. - 27.9. 2018

In the Nordic Business Forum exhibition From Renaissance to Obama - Looking at Self Through Technology will be presented Lukkarinen's interpretations everything from the oldest painted selfie in the world (Jan van Eyck - Portrait of a Man 1433) to portraits of young and older Barack Obama, the first president of social media era. In between you can also find a painting of the first known camera selfie by Robert Cornelius while he was inventing a camera in 1839; young Marilyn Monroe before she came an icon of popular culture; a portrait of the prince of social media, the founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg and many more.


Glitch Art

Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art

22.9. 2018 - 13.1. 2019

Three Flash & Mirror paintings (2006-2010) in Glitch Art Exhibition in Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art.


Grisaille - Solo Exhibition

Galerie Forsblom Helsinki

27.4. - 20.5. 2018

Sami Lukkarinen’s (b. 1976) new exhibition pays homage to the grisaille technique, a style of painting executed entirely in shades of grey. With artfully arranged strokes of the palette knife, he sketches out the history of the black-and-white spectrum in western painting, starting from medieval stained glass and grey-scale frescos by Giotto. Among the oldest motifs to which he alludes are Albrecht Dürer’s Renaissance self-portraits and altarpieces by Jan Van Eyck. Closer to the contemporary moment, he reworks black-and-white photographs of popular icons in combinations of black and sparkling silver.


Lukkarinen explores how the grisaille scale evokes certain emotional states. His versions of Frankenstein’s monster and Marilyn Monroe suggest a sense of insecurity and being an outsider. The story of Frankenstein’s monster is indeed a tragic one: the monster tries to do good deeds, but only succeeds in hurting others with his clumsiness. The Marilyn series portrays the young actress at the age 20, yet an unknown starlet without an inkling of her future celebrity. The series portrays Monroe lost in her world, deep in thought, as if searching for her identity.


The timeline ends with the social media era and a color image of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. These days all shades of grey are processed by the black-and-white filters of online apps. The artist was inspired by a study conducted at Harvard University in 2017, which revealed that the majority of people who post black-and-white images on social media are verifiably depressed. Images posted on social media are nevertheless influenced by trends, some of which may romanticize depression and anxiety. Despite these melancholy themes, Lukkarinen infuses his work with his characteristic humor and irony.


Sami Lukkarinen | Artificial XII<
Artificial XII 2020
oil on canvas, 200 x 160 cm