Born in 1962 in Tampere, Finland. Lives and works in Helsinki.

1999 Licentiate of Arts (Photography), University of Art and Design Helsinki
(now Aalto University – School of Arts, Design and Architecture)
1992 Master of Arts (Photography), University of Art and Design Helsinki

Academic Experience
2010-2017 Professor of Photographic Art. Aalto University – School of Arts, Design and Architecture
2006–2010 Professor of Photographic Art. University of Arts and Design Helsinki
1992–2005 Lecturer, Assistant, courses and workshops: UIAH

Solo Exhibitions
2020 Poetic Realities, Persons Projects, Berlin, DE
2015 Maa, Gallery Taik Persons, Berlin, DE
2012 Between Heaven and Earth. Gallery Heino, Helsinki
2008 Dreams and Disappointments, Galerie PF, Poznan, Poland
2008 Fire, KFA Gallery, Berlin
2008 Horizon, Gallery Heino, Helsinki
2007 Dreams and Disappointments, Herrmann & Wagner, Berlin
2006 Dreams and Disappointments, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki
2005 Orientations, Herrmann & Wagner, Berlin (catalogue)
2003 The Mystery of Satisfaction, Galleri Pio Diaz, Copenhagen
2002 The Mystery of Satisfaction, Academy of Fine Arts, Sarajevo
2002 Stage, Gallery Krista Mikkola, Helsinki
2000 Fire, i8 Gallery, Reykjavik (catalogue)
2000 Fire, The Nordic House, Reykjavik (catalogue)
2000 Fire, Foto & Contemparary, Turin, Italy
2000 Fire, Fotografiska Center, Copenhagen (catalogue)
1999 Fire, Contemporary Art Museum, Tampere, Finland
1998 Fire, Zinc Gallery in Luma, Stockholm
1998 Fire, The Finnish National Gallery Ateneum, Helsinki (catalogue)
1997 Earth, Le Parvis, Tarbes, France (catalogue)
1997 The Sparkling Circle of the Heavenly Host, (installation in public place) Helsinki
1995 Paldiski, f-Gallery, Malmö, Sweden
1995 C2H5 o No, Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki
1993 Earth, Gallery Luukku, Joensuu, Finland
1992 Earth, Tapetenfabrik, Bonn, Germany, Center of Culture, Turku, Finland, Gallery Elvis, Pori, Finland
1991 Earth, Gallery Laterna Magica, Helsinki

Selected Group Exhibitions
2023 a touch of playfulness, Stiftung Reinbeckhallen, Berlin, DE
2022 In the Sky Unlike a Bird, Persons Projects, Berlin, DE
2021 New Perspectives Through Photography – 25 Years of the Helsinki School, Taidehalli Helsinki, FI
2018 Abbaye de Jumièges, Jumièges, FR
2017 Marked Sites, Gallery Taik Persons, Berlin, DE
2015 ARCO, Gallery Taik Persons, Madrid, ES
2014 'Dreams and Disappointments', Wagner + Partner, Berlin, DE
2013 Thread and Paper, Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art, Vaasa, Finland
2012 Tartuntapintoja. Oulu Museum of Art, Finland
2011 Helsinki School. Christophe Guye Galerie. Zurich.
2010 Daegu Photo Biennale 2010. Tru(E)motion: The Helsinki School. Daegu, South Korea
2010 Memory Traces, Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany
2010 Memory Traces Exhibition, Jyrki Parantainen and Seppo Renvall Galerie Brotfabrik, Berlin,Germany
2010 The Helsinki School-Urban Space, Gallery TAIK, Berlin, Germany
2010 Red, Espoo Museum of modern Art, Espoo, Finland.
2009 Concerning Beauty , Bremer, Lehtola, Parantainen, Gallery Krista Mikkola, Helsinki
2008 Tom Hunter and Jyrki Parantainen, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London
2007 Silent Violence, Oulu Museum of Art, Finland
2007 Finn Art, Eskilstuna Art Museum, Sweden
2006 Grey Matters, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki
2005 Helsinki School, Photology, Milano
2005 Personligt – Photographs from The Helsinki School, Kulturhuset, Stockholm
2005 To Look or To See, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki
2004 30 by Taik, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki
2004 Love me or leave me, Kiasma, Museum of Modern Art,Helsinki
2004 Zeitgenössische Fotokunst aus Finland, Salo Art Museum, Finland
2003 Corner Society, (Bremer, Lehtola, Parantainen),Gallery Krista Mikkola, Helsinki
2003 Zeitgenössische Fotokunst aus Finland, Berlin, Mannheim, Waldkraiburg, Kiel ,Cottbus (catalogue)
2002 Northern Spell, The Embassy of Finland, Washington DC
2002 Northern Spell, Art Centre of Toronto University
2002 Pyynikinlinna, Tampere, Finland (catalogue)
2002 New Photographs : Brotherus, Kella, Kolehmainen, Lajunen, Parantainen. Helsinki City Art Museum (catalogue)
2001 Magnetic North, The New Art Gallery Walsall, England (catalogue)
2001 Aurora, Art Gallery of Sudbury, Canada (catalogue)
2001 Single Room, Trevi Flash Art Museum, Italy (catalogue)
2001 Portfolio, The Finnish Photography Museum, Helsinki
2001 Finnish Photography, Gallery Christian Dam, Copenhagen
2001 Finnish Photography, Gallery Christian Dam, Oslo
2001 Une Histoire Finlandaise, Galerie Photo, Montpelier, France
2000 Works from Kiasma Collection 20, Tensta Konsthall, Sweden
2000 Aratta, Kopavogur Art Museum, Reykjavik
2000 Big Torino 2000 Biennale, Turin, Italy (catalogue)
2000 International Photographic Exhibition, Alessandria, Italy
1999 Tila – Espaces, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris
1999 Auf der Suche nach der Verlorenen Zeit, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin (catalogue)
1999 Spaces, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki
1999 Focus in Fire, Galerie Nei Liicht, Luxemburg
1999 Biennale de Giovani Artisti dell’Europa del Mediterraneo, Rome (catalogue)
1999 Light, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki
1998 Me, Myself, I, Gallery TAIK, Helsinki (catalogue)
1998 Underexposed, Stockholm (catalogue)
1997 Romeo Martinez International Award, San Marino (catalogue)
1997 Drum and Camera, Gallen Kallela Museum, Helsinki (catalogue)
1997 Paysages et Matieres, NCE, Paris
1997 Photographies pour une Itinerance, NCE, Paris
1997 Momentum, The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki
1997 Enter, Helsinki Arthall
1997 Reflections in Circle, Aberdeen, Scotland
1995 The Play of Living Forms, Gallery Otso, Espoo, Finland
1995 Vents du Nord, Bibliothèque H. Vincenot, Talant, France
1995 Mai de la Photo, l´Ancien College des Jesuites, Reims, France (catalogue)
1995 3 Photographers from Finland, The Photography Museum, Tallinn, Estonia
1995 Finnish Images in Print, Eirmos Art Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece
1995 Northern Realities, Macedonian Museum for Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, (catalogue)
1995 Ateneumin Taidemuseo (The Finnish National Gallery Ateneum), Helsinki
1992 Finlandida-92, Konstakademien, Stockholm (catalogue)
1992 Decennium, Bucharest, Scotland, Istanbul, Ankara, Barcelona, Madrid (catalogue)
1992 Painettu Valokuva (The Printed Photograph), Gallery Zebra, Karjaa, Finland
1992 56 Nord, Loppehallen, Århus, Denmark
1990 Fotofinlandia 1989 Award Exhibition, Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki
1988 Nuori Suomi (Young Finland), Retretti, Punkaharju, Finland

Artist Books
1993 Jyrki Parantainen, R. Kovalainen and K. Holopainen: Gaia. Silver print portfolio, UIAH, Helsinki
1991 Jyrki Parantainen: Maa (Earth). Offset-litography portfolio, Opus 18, Helsinki
1987 Jordi Guaridor (alias Jyrki Parantainen): Uns Tretze Petits Catalans. Offset-litography portfolio, Helsinki

2006 Jyrki Parantainen: Dreams and Disappointments. Helsinki Festival,
Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki
1999 Jyrki Parantainen: The Artist in Flames – The Flame, The Sublime and My Art.
Literary Part of Art-Emphasised Licenciate Thesis. University of Art and Design. Helsinki 1999

Grants and Awards (selected)
2006 William Thuring Award, Suomen Taideyhdistys ry.
1998 SUOMI-Award, Photography Arts Council of Finland.
1989 Fotofinlandia Award, Finnfoto ry.
2004 5 years working grant, Arts Council of Finland.
1995 3 years working grant, Photography Arts Council of Finland.
1993 1/2 years working grant, Photography Arts Council of Finland.

Memberships and Honorary Positions
2012 Nominator of Discovery Award 2012, Les Recontres d Arles, France
2012 Jury Member of Contemporary and Historical Book Awards, Les Recontres d Arles
2012 Jury Member of Swedish Photobook Prize 2012
2011– Member of the Board of Jouko Lehto Foundation
2004–2010 Member of the Council of Helsinki Metropolitan region
2002–2006 Vice-chair of the Union of Artist Photographers
2000–2006 Member of the Board of Union of Artist Photographers
1995–2014 Expert in several grant giving organizations

Works in Collections
Amos Andersson Art Museum, Helsinki
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris
Grenoble Artheteque, Grenoble
Lahti City Art Museum
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris
Mois de la Photo, Montreal
DZ-Bank, Germany
Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki
The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tampere
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The Finnish State Art Collection
Espoo City Art Collection
Espoo Art Museum
Kodak Company, Finland
Bibliothèque H Vincenot, Talant, France
Dorint Hotel, Brussels, Belgium
Henna and Pertti Niemistö Foundation, Finland
Saastamoinen Collection, Espoo, Finland
Nelimarkka Foundation, Helsinki
Pyynikinlinna Art Collection, Tampere, Finland
Oulu Art Museum, Finland
Pétur Arason Art Collection, Reykjavik
Pentti Kouri Art Collection, New York
Lars Svanljung Art Collection, Helsinki
Heino Art Collection, Helsinki

Other Private Collections: Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, USA, Belgium.

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