BIOGRAPHY

ALVAR GULLICHSEN


Born 1961 in Helsinki.


Painter, sculptor, musician, producer, founder of Bonk Business Inc. and Groovy Eldorado.


Works and lives in Helsinki.



Membership:


Member of the Finnish Painters’

Association / Suomen Taidemaalariliitto, Artists' Association Muu and Dimensio group.

ROR (Revolutions on Request) member 1999-2002


Education

1988-89 Academy of Fine Arts, sculpture dept., Helsinki

1984-88 BA, Academy of Fine Arts, painting dept., Helsinki

1981-82 The Free Art School, Helsinki

1981      Grankulla Svenska Gymnasium graduate



Selected solo shows:


2015    Inca Modernism, Galleria Heino, Helsinki

2012    Paintings, Galleria Heino, Helsinki

2010    Cave Paintings, Bar 9, Helsinki

2009    By the Shores of the Primordial Sea, Galleriet G18, Helsinki

2008    Galleri Ari / Mikkelin musiikkijuhlat, Mikkeli

2008    Kultturikeskus Stoan galleria

2008    Galleria Krista Mikkola

2005    Galleria Eeva Pinomaa, Hanko, Finland

2003    Benin Passion, Galerie Anhava, Helsinki

2002    Galleria Krista Mikkola (with Tuija Markonsalo), Helsinki

2000    Finnish Institute, Stockholm

1999    Planet Bonk, Kunsthalle Helsinki

           Planet Bonk, Seinäjoki Kunsthalle, Finland

1998    Planet Bonk, Wäinö Aaltonen Art Museum, Turku, Finland

           Finnish Institute, Antwerpen, Belgium

1997    Galerie Anhava, Helsinki

           Galerie Artek, project room, Helsinki

           Ann Westin, Stockholm

1995    Paint Factory, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki

           Galerie Krister Fahl, Stockholm

1992    Galerie Anhava, Helsinki

1990    Galleria Mikkola & Rislakki, Helsinki



Selected Bonk Business Inc. shows:


1999    Galleri Stefan Andersson, Umeå, Sweden

1998    Le Monde de Bonk, Centre Belge de la Bande dessinée, Brussels

           (as part of Finland's EU-chairmanship year)

1998    Finnish Embassy, Washington DC

1998    National Museum of Photography, Film and TV, Bradford

1998    Electrokinetics Gallery, New York

1997    Leo Kamen Gallery, Northern Encounters, Toronto

1996    Bonk Expo, The Nordic House, Faroe Islands

           Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles

1995    Bonk Swexpo, Kulturhuset, Stockholm

1994    Bonk Expo -94, Old Customs House, Helsinki

           The History of Bonk, Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, Denmark

1993    Bonk 100, Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland

1989    Raba Hiff Show, Galleria Krista Mikkola, Helsinki



Works in public collections:


Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma

The Helsinki City Museum

The City of Espoo

Amos Anderson Art Museum

Svenska Kulturfonden

Stiftelsen Pro Artibus

The City of Vantaa

The City of Pori

Lord Palumbo Art Collection, Kentuck Knob, USA

Oulu Art Museum

Salon Taidemuseo

Salon läntinen terveyskeskus

Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany

City of Oulu



Public works:


-LeBonk Music Machine, restaurant interior, co-designed with Klaus Nyqvist,

  Yrjönkatu 24, Helsinki, 2010

-Yeah Baby Yeah, wall painting, Underbar (Lilla Helsingfors), Helsinki 2006

-Posankka, as part of Environmental Art Works in Turku, Finland, 1999

-Carrol's restaurant, interior works in light boxes, Aleksanterinkatu, Helsinki

  1998




Permanent collection:


Dynamokeskus Bonk, museum dedicated to Bonk, Uusikaupunki, 1994-



Selected group exhibitions:


2012    Taidekeskus Salmela / Salmela Art Center, Mäntyharju, Finland

2010    Good Morning Africa! / Huomenta Afrikka!, Kunsthalle Helsinki

           The Power of Africa / Afrikan voima, EMMA Espoo Museum of

           Modern Art, Espoo, Finland

2008    Behind the Moustache, Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki

2007    Kuvia ja kuplia, Lahden taidemuseo, Lahti, Finland

2005    Viisi vuotta –viisi taiteilijaa, Galleria G, Helsinki

2003    Sama Meri, Sama Intohimo, Kerava Art Museum, Finland

2003    ROR: Piece by piece, Royal College of Art, London

2002    ROR: Piece by piece, Manifesta 4, Städel, Frankfurt, Germany

           ROR: Piece by piece, Fundamentalism of the New Order,

           Charlottenborg, Copenhagen

2001    Fotografia Metafisica, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny Castle, Ireland

           Origin Gallery, Dublin

           ROR: UTOPIA, Skulpturens Hus, Stockholm

           ROR: UTOPIA, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany

           ROR: UTOPIA, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki

2000    TERROR 2.0, Finnish Institute, Stockholm

           Northern Post-Modernism, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art,

           Helsinki

           Advertainment, Palazzo dell'Arte, Milan

1999    Identity Crisis, The Lighthouse, Glasgow

1995    Sculptor, Nordic Arts Centre, Helsinki

1993    Airport, Helsinki-Vantaa airport

1992    Finlandida, Stockholm, Sweden

           EXPO 92, Seville, Spain

           Triennale di Milano, Italy (with Stefan Lindfors)

1991    Biennale de Sao Paolo, Brazil

           Marble Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia

           "Sinirand", The Art Hall of Tallinn, Estonia

1990    Consumer goods fair, The Helsinki Fair Centre

           "Nordic", Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark

1989    GIART 89, Nordic Youth Biennale, Gothenburg, Sweden



Grants:


1987    Helene and Walter Grönkvist foundation

1988    Svenska Kulturfonden / Swedish Culture Foundation

1989    Kulttuurirahasto

           Suomen Taiteilijaseura / Finnish Artist's Association

1990    Leo and Regina Weinsteinin foundation

1991    Svenska Kulturfonden  / Swedish Culture Foundation

1992    Visek

           Taideakatemian säätiö / Academy of Arts foundation

1993    Cultural fund for Finland and Denmark / Suomen ja Tanskan

           kulttuurirahasto

1994    Stina Krook foundation

1996    Art Council travel grant

           Konstsamfundet

1997    Ministry of Education

           Svenska Kulturfonden / Swedish Culture Foundation

           Nordic Council of Ministers, travel grant

1998    Frame / Finnish Fund for Art Exhange

1999    Kulttuurirahasto

2000    Alfred Kordelin foundation

2002    Ministry of Education

2007    Svenska Kulturfonden

2009    State Art Council



Residences:


2005    Villa Karo residence visit, Benin, West Africa

2002    Villa Karo studio residence grant, Benin, West Africa

2000    Cill Rialaig project, Ballinskelligs, Co Kerry, Ireland

1987    Cité International des Arts, Paris