Satu Mäkinen

Art for me is a way live to and be. A way to understand others and a way to find my own place in this world. Through art, my existence is relevant to others.

I have made many kinds of art. When I started, I worked physically with the movement in contemporary dance and performing arts. Among other things, I am interested in transforming public spaces into art venues and taking art to hospitals and nursing homes, for example, where people can’t go to see art. Expressively, I often think that less is more.

In recent years, I have focused on photography. I’ve created entities and worlds with photos. It’s been fun, even though my subjects have been serious and strongly social. For me, art is serious and play at the same time. I never know in advance what the end result will look like, but I always know that I can finish the job.

My inspirations are Pina Bausch and Marina Abramovich. I still return to their works as I long for understanding and comfort. With the Bausch works, I understand, and I know that there is someone somewhere who understand me too: shares the same pain of sensitivity and the great enchantment of details.

Open-mindedness and courage makes my art special. Here I am. Where are you today?


Escalator 2019 Satu Mäkinen


  • Year: 2019
  • Art Form: Media Art
Mari 2018 Satu Mäkinen


  • Year: 2018
  • Size: 80x60cm
  • Art Form: Photography
Gratitude  Satu Mäkinen


  • Art Form: Photography
Arja 2018 Satu Mäkinen


  • Year: 2018
  • Size: 80x60cm
  • Art Form: Photography


b. 1974



2019 Tilapäisen julkisen Taiteen taiteilijaresidenssi Villiintynyt Akvaario, Galleria Art Kaarisilta, Helsinki 25.11-1.12.2019

Private exhibitions

Lähellä, Kallio Kunsthalle, 2013
Diagnosoitu; samanlainen, erilainen, 2018, Mental Museum Lapinlahti
Diagnosoitu osa 2: Ihmisen hinta, Galleria Käytävä Lapinlahti, 2019
Varjoa, valoa, voimaa 2022, Lapinlahden Lähde, Helsinki

Group exhibitions

Riippumattomielellä, Lapinlahti, 2013
Muutos, Lapinlahti, 2019
Hetki mieleltä, Lapinlahti, 2020


Cascas D´OVO(Eggshells), 2015, Zodiak, tanssija/esiintyjä
Jenni Koistinen: Kotimatkalla 2015, Zodiak, esiintyjä/tanssija
Tanssiryhmä Dolce, mukana esiintyvässä nykytanssi ryhmässä 2007-2015
Ryhmä 11: Ja Sana oli, 2011, Teatteri Universum, esiintyjä/tanssija
Eija-Liisa Ahtila: Marian Ilmestys, 2010, päärooli Maria. Teos esillä mm. Kiasma, Moderna Museet, Marian Goodman Gallery New York, Guggenheim Bilbao

Published: March 7, 2022 Modified: November 3, 2022