Arno Rafael Minkkinen


30 March - 20 May 2017

arno rafael minkkinen ismos stick fosters pond

Ismo's Stick, Fosters Pond, 1993

Arno Rafael Minkkinen asikkala finland

Asikkala, Finland, 1992

Arno Rafael Minkkinen fosters pond

Fosters Pond, 1999

Arno Rafael Minkkinen kettlehole bog fosters pond

Kettlehole Bog, Fosters Pond, 1996

Arno Rafael Minkkinen laurence ta cenc gozo malta

Laurence, Ta 'Cenc, Gozo, Malta, 2002

Arno Rafael Minkkinen stranda norway

Stranda, Norway, 2006

Press Release

Galerie Edwynn Houk is delighted to announce that it now represents the Finnish American photographer Arno Rafael Minkkinen, celebrated for his highly original nude self-portraits set mostly within the natural landscape. A significant selection of his photographs will be on view at Galerie Edwynn Houk in Zurich from the 30th of March until the 20th of May 2017. 

Minkinnen’s remarkable black and white pictures show abstracted fragments of his body immersed in different natural or constructed spaces all over the world. His camera captures the moment when his body is transformed and shaped by the surrounding environment and in return the image shows a landscape that has been altered through the presence of his body. Minkkinen’s body of work, hovering between surrealism and expressionism, occupies a unique and critical position in the continuum of modern and contemporary photography due to the fact that his images are not manipulated in the darkroom, or by a computer, and instead show exactly what occurred in front of the lens at a certain point in time. The artist famously stated that “what happens inside the mind can happen inside the camera.”

Arno Rafael Minkkinen was born in 1945 in Helsinki, Finland, and moved with his family to America in 1951. He received his MFA in photography from Rhode Island School of Design, where he studied with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. He is Professor of Art at the University of Massachusetts and Docent at the University of Art and Design Helsinki.

Arno Rafael Minkkinen’s work has been the subject of numerous solo museum exhibitions including venues such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; Musée de l’Élysée, Lausanne; Centre d’Art Santa Monica, Barcelona; Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Nice; Fotografiska Museet at Moderna Museet, Stockholm and Gallen-Kallela Museum, Helsinki.

His work is included in prestigious public and private collections around the globe, including the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Addison Gallery of Amercian Art, Andover, MA; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

Minkkinen received a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 2015, the Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2013 and the Finnish Art Prize in Photography in 2006.