Approved: 16.08.2006

Tero Puha

Artist, Digital designer, Film-maker, Graphic designer, Teacher

Approved: 16.08.2006

Tero Puha ( born 1971 in Nurmijärvi, Finland) is a multi-disciplinary visual artist specialising in lens-based and digital art productions. He earned his Master´s degree in photography from University of Art and Design Helsinki in 2000.

During the past few years Puha has lived and worked in London, Paris, New York, Berlin and Helsinki. Puha´s works have been exhibited worldwide and are included

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Tero Puha ( born 1971 in Nurmijärvi, Finland) is a multi-disciplinary visual artist specialising in lens-based and digital art productions. He earned his Master´s degree in photography from University of Art and Design Helsinki in 2000. During the past few years Puha has lived and worked in London, Paris, New York, Berlin and Helsinki. Puha´s works have been exhibited worldwide and are included in many museum collections in Finland and abroad (such as Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Kiyosato Museum of Photography Japan and Finnish Museum of Photography). His first retrospective book "Almost Human" was published in 2011. In his artistic work he often explores the life of the modern man, focusing on body image, identity, gender roles and consumerism. Attempts to define the line between natural and unnatural is bound to create conflicts and pressures for the modern man in search of identity and purpose in life. These are often the sources of his inspiration.

CV & Education


1996-00 University of Art and Design, Department of Photography, Master of Arts, Helsinki

1998-99 London College of Printing, School of Media, London, England

1992-96 Art Institute of Imatra, Department of Fine Arts, Finland


2013 Solitudes, multidisciplinary performance event, Kunst-Stoff, San Francisco, USA
2013 Art Baubo Meets Finnish Queer Stage, discussion event, Finnish Theatre Museum
2013 Artist talk: IHME-days: In the wrong body, Vanha YO-talo, Helsinki
2012 Artist talk: Focus on Representation and Gender, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

2012 Artist talk: Tero Puha in conversation with curator A Vänskä, Spiral Art Center, Tokyo

2011 Artist talk: Tero Puha - latest projects , Circolo Scandinavo, Rome, Italy

2011 Panel discussion / book launch: Future humans, Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki
2010 Meet the Artist: Finnish Museum of Photography: Tero Puha ´s Unfinished, Helsinki

2010 Finnish Pop Art at Culture : Presentation at Simon Preston Gallery, New York 

2009 Artist talk: In conversation with Tero Puha, Gallery Durex, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2008 Panel discussion: Themes related to shortfilm Nine to Five, Helsinki Art Museum Gallery


2012 Dreams and Reflections, Northern Photographic Center, Oulu,Finland
2011 Some Secret Place Inside, drawings, Photographic Gallery Hippolyte Studio, Helsinki 

2011 Splitting the Mirror - retrospective 1995-2010, VB-Photographic Center, Kuopio, Finland 

2010 Unfinished, Finnish Museum of Photography, Project-space, Helsinki
2010 Love and Lust Forever, videos, Helsinki Kunsthalle Studio, Finland
2008 Dreams and Repeats, Helsinki Art Museum, Kluuvi Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
2005 Divided, photographs and video, Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki, Finland
2002 Autopsy of Love, photographs, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland 

2001 Man Gang Showroom, installation/performance, The Academy Gallery, Helsinki, Finland 

1999 Love and Lust Museum, installation, Kluuvi Gallery, Helsinki, Finland

1997 Shop of Basic Needs, installation, The Esplanade bandstand, Helsinki, Finland

1996 Equals, photographs and portfolio of photogravures, Gallery Jangva, Helsinki, Finland


2013 KIVEAF 2013, Kotka International Video and Electronic Arts Festival, Finland

2013 IVAHM ´13, international media art festival, Art House, Madrid, Spain
2013 Tampere Short Film Festival
2012 Miden Video Art Festival, Kalamata, Greece

2012 AAVE Festival 2012, Helsinki, Finland
2011 Culture Tram, WORK-series, Helsinki, Finland
2010 Rain of Down 3, screening, Linnagalerii, Tallinna, Viro
2010 Vinokino 2010, Turku and Helsinki, Finland
2010 Agenda Cultural, Lima, Peru
2009 Falstaff Film Festival, (nominated for best experimental short film) Stratford-Upon-Avon, 

2009 Invideo 09, Milan, Italy
2009 Amiens International Film Festival, Amiens, France
2009 Nordic Glory, Nordic film festival and competition (nominated for best film), Jyväskylä, Finland 

2009 24. Unabhängiges FilmFest Osnabrück, Osnabrück, Germany
2009 Soho Shorts - Short Film Festival, Tenderpixel Gallery, London, UK


2014 Nordsicht, Gallery Nextex, St.Gallen, Switzerland

2013 Boutique, Finnish Embassy Gallery, Washington, USA

2012 Man and Woman, Museum of New Art, Pärnu, Viro
2012 Obiettivi Obiettivitá, Officine Fotografiche, Rome, Italy
2011 Young Portfolio Worldwide, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Japan
2011 4th Moscow Biennale, Special Projects, Moscow, Russia
2011 Millington/Mariot Present Open, New Gallery, London
2011 Spazi Aperti, Accademia de Romania, Roma, Italia
2011 Face- evolution in portrait photography, RosPhoto, St Petersburgh, Russia
2010 Hot Plate, international graphic arts exhibition, Phoniex Gallery, Brighton, UK
2010 Eco, Ritmo, Acaso, Gallery Durex, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2009 VI International Biennial of Contemporary Graphic Arts in Novosibirsk, Russia
2003 Art Supermarket, Ale and Porter Gallery, Woíltshire, UK
2002 Young Portfolios, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Kiyosato, Japan
2000 Houston Fotofest, photogravures, Houston, The United States
1999 The Scandinavian Photographic Auction, Photo Fair, Gothenburgh, Sweden
1999 The John Kobal Photographic Portrait Awards, National Portrait Gallery, London, England 

1999 Ripe, The BA Photography Degree Show, London College of Printing, London, England 

1998 ArtGenda Retro, Exhibition of Young Artists of the Baltic Sea, Stadtgalerie Kiel, Germany 

1998-99 The Highlights in Nordic Photogravure, Copenhagen, Denmark and Oslo, Norway
1998 ArtGenda 98, International Biennal of Young Artists, Stockholm, Sverige
1997 The Highlights in Photogravure, Nordic Exhibition of Photogravures, Odense, Denmark 

1997 MAP-Media.Art.Project, International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland


2012 Boutique, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki
2012 Feel It!, Oulu art Museum, Oulu
2012 The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Ars Auttoinen, Padasjoki
2012 Art Is So Gay, Forum Box, Helsinki
2010 Finnish Artists ´Annual Exhibition, Tampere
2010 It ´s a Set-up, Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
2008 ArtHelsinki, Art Fair, Old Harbour, Helsinki
2006 Underwear Culture, Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki
2003 Market, Young Artists’ Biennal, Helsink Kunsthalle, Helsinki, Finland
2002 Grin, Humour in Finnish Photography, Mikkeli Photographic Center, Mikkeli
2001 The Nordic Postmodernism, Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
1999 Light, Exhibition of Finnish Photography, Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki

1998 The Nude and the Masked, Images of Woman in Finnish Art, Helsinki City Art Museum 

1998 Rosolli, The 103rd Annual Exhibition of Finnish Artists, Kerava Art Museum, Kerava

1997 The 3rd Art Weeks of Mänttä, National Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Mänttä

1996 Comment, National Exhibition of Young Artists, Espoo
1995 The 48th Exhibition of Young Artists, Helsinki Art Hall
1995 Whore-Academy, Balder House, Helsinki
1993 First Kick, National Exhibition of Graphic Works, Gallery Mino, Lohja


Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, Kioysato, Japan

Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki

Espoo City Art Museum, Espoo, Finland
The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland

Museet for Fotokonst, Odense, Denmark
The State of Finland, Helsinki, Finland
Private collections in Great Britain, Sweden and Finland


Boutique, exhibition catalogue, Amos Andersson Art Museum,Helsinki (2012) 

4th Moscow Biennale, Special Projects catalogue (2011)
Spazi Aperti, exhibition catalogue, Rome, Italy (2011)
It ´s a Set-up, Kiasma, Helsinki exhibition catalogue (2010)

Invideo Festival, Festival catalogue, Milan, Italy (2009)
Market, young artists biennal 2003 , Kunsthalle Helsinki, exhibition publication (2003)

The Nordic postmodernism, Kiasma, Helsinki (2000 - 2001 collection), publication (2000) Young Portfolio Acquisitions, KMoPA, exhibition book (2001)
Houston Fotofest, exhibition publication, (2000)
ArtGenda Retro, Stadgalerie Kiel, Germany, exhibition publication, (1998)

Hojlys & dybtryk, Highlights in Nordic photogravure, photography book (1998)


2003 Boxing Shadows, photo/video set design for a modern dance production, Zodiak, Helsinki
1999 Yes please, but not without a rubber! Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki

1999 Victims of Pleasure, Kluuvi Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
1997 The Funeral of Innocence, Mänttä Art Weeks, Mänttä, Finland


2011 Circolo Scandinavo, Rome,Italy, 2 months

2010 New York, Finnish Cultural Institute in New York, 1 month bursary 

2010 Prague, Finnish Arts Council, 1 month
2007 Berlin, Arts Council, 1 month
2004 Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France ( 4 months )


2013 Arts Promotion Center Finland, 5-year artist grant
2010 Finnish Arts Council, 3-year artist grant
2009 Art Photography Council of Finland, book publication grant
2008 Ministry of Education, art grant
2008 Arts Council of Finland, project grant
2007 VISEK, project grant
2006 AVEK, project grant
2003 Fine Arts Society of Finland, art grant
2002 Finnish Cultural Foundation, art grant
2001 Arts Council of Finland/ Photography committee, artist grant
2000 SETA Foundation, project grant
1999 National Portrait Gallery, Kobal Photographic Portrait Award, The Fujifilm Prize, London 1999 Ministry of Education, art grant
1999 Niilo Helander Foundation, project grant
1998 City of Helsinki, art grant
1997 Paulo Foundation, project grant


Trio ´s collaboration works / Harri Mäcklin, Helsingin Sanomat 14.2.2013
Male images and broken ideals / Terhi Peltonen, Kaleva 9.12.2012
Museum turned into a fashion mecca / Kaisa Viljanen, Helsingin Sanomat 23.8.2012
Dream in the mirror / Risto Löf, Savon Sanomat, 7.5.2011
Life like a hit song / Timo Valjakka, Helsingin Sanomat 7.2.2010
Housewife in a rat race /
Anu Uimonen, Helsingin Sanomat 11.4.2008
Double single white male / Anne Rouhiainen, Helsingin Sanomat 25.11.2005
The Complex man, Jussi Tossavainen,Helsingin Sanomat 11.10.2003, Finland
Blossoming narcism by Pessi Rautio, Helsingin Sanomat 13.7.2002, Finland
Sexy chameleon by Anna-Kaari Hakkarainen, Aktivist 6-7/2002, page 34, Finland
Only add intelligence and hairy chest by Arja Maunuksela, Helsingin Sanomat 3.2.2001, Finland
Deep field by David G.Taylor, Blue-magazine, page 14, June 2000, Australia
Image is everything.Obey your image! by Anna-Kaisa Korhonen, Kunstmagazinet % 3/2000, Denmark The real life of fictional stars by Arja Maunuksela, Helsingin Sanomat 24.9.1999, Finland
Fujifilm Prize Winners, John Kobal Awards Catalogue 1999, page 15, London, UK
Fear out of can by Annamari Vänskä, Kuva-magazine 5-6/1997, page 12, Finland


2011 Almost Human - Works 1995-2010, retrospective book
2010 Love and Lust Forever, video works, DVD and art prints(50 numbered copies) 2008 Nine to Five, short film, DVD and catalogue (50 numbered copies)
1999 Love and Lust Museum: Victims of Pleasure, Audio CD + catalogue (500 copies) 1997 Bare Bones, offsetlitho portfolio (54 signed copies)