Johanna Alanko is Finnish visual artist, based in Finland and Poland.
She has graduated 2018 from the School of Fine Art in in Satakunta University of Applied Sciences and also studied in Universidad Europea in Madrid, Spain 2016.
Alanko’s works have been solo presented in galleries in Finland, Spain and Poland and her works are part of private and public collections in Finland and private collections in Poland. Primary she is working with mixed media painting.
Alanko made her thesis about need of solitude in artistic work and based on this she made her first big painting collection of texture and painting techniques. Her way of reaching the topic was connected to the style of Hilma af Klint and Georgia O’Keeffe.
’’In Alanko’s paintings the organic colors and human shapes are hiding under the decorative surface, and the spectator can never be exactly sure about their perception. The tension between beauty and the hidden, sneaky and explosive energy brings to mind Georgia’s O’Keeffe’s loaded Flower Paintings, where seemingly innocent portrayal of nature combines with strong feminine sexuality.’’’
Finnish Curator, Bar n°9, Helsinki
(Text is part of exhibition description in Bar n°9, 2018)