Kalevi Jokinen was born in Helsinki on June 16th, 1947.
He studied art at the AcadÃ©mie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, at the Sorbonne and
the Free Art School in Helsinki. He has subsequently lectured on art in
and and in the United States.
After his years of study the artist dedicated himself to his art. His works
been exhibited, among other places, in San Francisco, Stockton, Milan,
Copenhagen, Helsinki and various Finnish museums and galleries.
Jokinen's work can be seen in several art collections. The owners include
Nordea Bank, the Bank of Finland, the Finnish State, the state-owned
Outokumpu and Fortum, private collections in the United States and Professor
Ampollini's collection in Italy.
Jokinen's works often show gold shimmering against a black background. The
colour black is very important for him, and he says that in his works he
to express the same kind of thoughts Mahler put into his
"You must not shut the night into yourself but drown it in eternal light."
Where many people see only black, Jokinen sees many different kinds of
For him, there is dark black, lighter black, greenish or bluish black.
As a textile artist Jokinen combines various materials: metal, wood and
The handloom is an important tool for him, and metal thread literally runs
a thread through his creations.