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The paintings by Heidi Ukkonen explores themes of the mundane such as relationships, anguish, and suffering. These depictions are represented through playfully deformed animations within the life of modern society. Her works are built using materials such as acrylic, oil paint, and spray paint which adds and builds texture to her works. Most of her inspiration derives from her life living in the vibrant city of Antwerp where she has worked since graduating from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. 

Her thought process begins towards the end of each day and through trial and error, explosive, colourful and humorous works are brought about. Drawing knowledge and inspiration of the works of Philip Guston, Henri Matisse and Hieronymus Bosch she aims to bring her audience into a world where the usual becomes unusual , where the ugly becomes beautiful and where pain becomes humour.


2015       Royal Academy of Fine Art Antwerp, Master of Fine Arts, painting

2014       Royal Academy of Fine Art Antwerp, Bachelor of Fine Arts, painting​



2021       Pictura, Dordrecht, 'Richard Waar'

                  Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, 'In Momentum'

                  Moosey Art, Norwich

                  Madè Van Krimpen, Amsterdam, 'The Time Is Now'

                  Delphian Gallery, London, 'All About Eve'

                  Ruby Gallery, Brussels, 'Stars Are Never Sleeping'

                  This Art Fair, Amsterdam

                  (PR)OXYMORON, Knokke

                  Unit 1 Gallery Workshop, London, Delphian Open Call Winners 2021

                  Galerij LJ, Paris, 'Hotter Than July'

                  The Wunderwall, Brussels

                  Gallery 46 Whitechapel, London, 'The First Swing Of The Bat'

                  Cuturi Gallery, Singapore, 'Transcendental'

                  Deep  Space Gallery, Jersey City, 'The Mothershipment'


2020       Sofie Van De Velde Gallery & PLUS ONE Gallery ART FEEDS NR 2

                  Paint Talk online Group Exhibition

                  Marian Cramer, Amsterdam Gallery Weekend 

                  Four You Gallery, Dubai,  'Hide and Seek' SOLO

                  Marian Cramer, Amsterdam - TheDon'tGiveADamn's Curated By Sasha Bogojev 

                  Stad Antwerpen, Billboardproject

                  @showhousejayjay #SHOWHOUSEARTCALL An Instagram Exhibition 

                  Sofie Van De Velde Gallery & PLUS ONE Gallery ,Antwerp -The Wunderwall

                  252 cc – cultuurcentrum Ekeren Kasteel Hof De Bist, Hier hebben we veel werk ingestoken                         Curated By Idris Sevenans & Zena Van Den Block

2019       Kopvzw, Antwerp

                  Kunstpodium T ,Tilburg - "Cowboys and Aliens"

                  Antwerp Art Weekend,  Showhouse Jay Jay -"My Biggest Small"

2018       ABC KLUBHUIS, Antwerp - Christmas Market

                  Gallery Golsa, Oslo -"Velvet Ropes"  

                  Showhouse Jay Jay, Antwerp - "Screw your courage to the sticking place"

                  Winter Tuin Antwerp -   "Copy Cat"​​



2019       Kunstpodium T, Tilburg - "Cowboys and Aliens"  

                  Koen Taeslaar (NL), Kristen Dirkx (BE), Mila Xinyue (CHN), Ralf Kokke (NL), 

                  Jóhanna Kristbjörg Sigurðardóttir (ICE), David Noro (DE), Heidi Ukkonen (Swe)

                  Overamstel Uitgevers, Antwerp - No Sweat* Benny Van Den Meulengracht-Vrancx (BE),                          Aurelie Salavert (FR), David Noro (DEN), Amber Andrews (BE) & Felix de Clerq (BE)

                  GIFC, Antwerp

2018       Showhouse Jay Jay , Antwerp - “Bob’s your uncle” 

                  ABC-Klubhuis (ICE), Coen Vunderink (NL), Diana Roig (NL/ARG),

                  Hannelore Vandepoel (BE), 

                  Helene Meyer (BE), Pieter Jennes (BE), Victoria Iranzo (SP), Victoria Parvanova (BG)

                  & Ime Su Ozbilge (TK)

               Showhouse Jay Jay , Antwerp  - “The ball is in your court” 

                  Guy Vording (NL), Warre Mulder (BE), Denie Put (BE), Lysandre Begijn (NL),

                  Annea Lyvv Dreisz (BE)

               Showhouse Jay Jay, Antwerp - "Screw your courage to the sticking place"

                  Jack Davey (UK), Maartje Folkeringa (NL), Ralf Kokke (NL), Robert Roest (NL), Emilia                              Ukkonen (FIN) & Heidi Ukkonen (SWE)



2021          The Art Coach, Benedict Vandaele

2020          Four You Gallery, Angeliki Kim Jonsson

                  Juxtapoz, Sasha Bogojev


The First Swing Of The Bat
Hide and Seek
Don’t Give A Damns
Only Foxes Get Married In The Rain
Cowboys And Aliens
Screw Your Courage To The Sticking Place