HENNI ALFTAN (Helsinki, Finland 1979 - )


Henni Alftan is interested in the mimetic relation of paint as material and the
image. She likes to discover the moment when the mere paint on canvas
transforms into a resemblance of an object – when our gaze interprets and forms
the mix of materials into an idea. Thus, her paintings are as much about the
painting itself as an object, cherishing the physical qualities of the painting, its
history and objecthood. Alftan’s brushstrokes are never improvised, but always
made according to a thorough plan. She likes to think of this method of
predetermined strokes as manneristic, in the sense of seeking to represent art
itself and the artifice of the actual mark-making.
She pictures small observations of the surrounding world, and of its already
existing representations. Therefore her pictures often possess a certain déjà-vu.
Henni Alftan (born 1979, in Helsinki, Finland) moved to France in 1998 where
she graduated from Ecole Nationale d’Art de la Villa Arson and Ecole Nationale
Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris. Her work has been exhibited in both Finland
and France in venues such as Galerie Anhava, Forum Box, Galleria Huuto, Amos
Anderson Art Museum, Galerie Claire Gastaud. and Z Gallery Arts. Her works are present in
public collections such as at the Helsinki Art Museum, Amos Anderson Art
Museum, and the Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art. She has received the support of
institutions such as Arts Promotion Centre of Finland, Swedish Cultural
Foudation in Finland, Finnish Fund for Culture, and Centre Nationale des Arts
Plastiques in France etc. She has benefited from several international artist
residency programs, such the ISCP in New York

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