Originally from the deep eastern forests of Finland, Riitta is a fresh New Yorker/Londoner and a keen collaborator, working mainly with photographers and costumes for communicative purposes.
Riitta Ikonen: Selected Biography
Riitta Ikonen received her BA from the University of Brighton and her MA from Royal College of Art in London. She lives and works in New York City and London. She has exhibited her work at Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki, London 2012 Olympic Park, Seibu Shibuya in Tokyo, Winzavod Art Center in Moscow, Hockney Gallery and the annual RCA Secret exhibition at Royal College of Art, Photographer's Gallery, Tate Britain, Gulbenkian foundation headquarters and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
She is a recipient of the Michael Peters award for Interdisciplinary Collaboration, winner of the Beck's canvas competition in 2008 and in 2011 she was the artist in residence at KINOKINO arts center in Norway with project grants from the Sandnes City council and the Finnish Norwegian Cultural institute.
Ikonen spoke in Moscow and St Petersburg hosted by the British Embassy. She has also been a guest speaker at American Institute of Graphic Arts (New York), SVA, PSFK conference (London), Helsinki Design Week, Getty Images Pecha Kucha (London) and opened the It's Nice That talk series in 2009.
Ikonen’s work has been written about in the The Times (UK), British Journal of Photography, Arts Professional, DesignWeek, Telegraph, aCurator, Helsinki Times, P-Paper (Taiwan), Zing magazine (China), Vogue, Elle, Tate guides, Eye Magazine, VIsion Magazine, It's Nice That magazine and blog, Conveyor Arts magazine. Her work has been published in books by Gestalten (Tangible), Atopos (Not a Toy), Gustavo Gili (Postales) and Laurence King (POSTCARD). She has been featured nationally and internationally on BBC and in Norwegian national television art show National Galeriet.
Ikonen is currently artist in residence at SPARC (Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide) in Manhattan through Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) and artist in residence at Recess Session (Redhook) from February until April 2013.
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