Riiko Sakkinen (b. 1976, Helsinki) graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2002, and has lived and worked in Cervera de los Montes, Spain since 2003.
Sakkinen is a versatile artist who works with ease in areas of different media. He makes paintings and drawings, art objects and ceramics. His works have been widely exhibited internationally in galleries, museums and biennials, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Camden Arts Centre in London, Musac Museum of Contemporary Art in Leon, Spain, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, and Beijing 798 Biennale in China.
Recently, Sakkinen has explored the visual culture and imaginary in his series China For Dummies, which was showcased at Korjaamo Galleria in a collaborating exhibition with Spanish artist Judas Arrietan in August 2011, and Syria For Dummies, which Sakkinen did during a residency in Syria in September-October 2011.
Riiko Sakkinen is also the founder of Turbo Realism, a 21st century art movement which mocks globalized capitalism. Quoting Pablo Picasso, the artist believes that "art is not made to decorate rooms. It is an offensive weapon in the defense against the enemy." For Sakkinen, enemies are everywhere and he shoots to all the directions and bites the feeding hand. According to Sakkinen, he always disagrees and is wrong most of the time.
2012: Syria Study Center
2011: Operation Golden Monkey
2010: My Favourite Lists
2010: Cool Water (group exhibition)
2007: Let's Happy Life – Sparkling Girl Brings about a Revolution