Vickie Vainionpää’s practice considers the impact of technology on the process of painting and investigates the relationship between natural forces and digital processes. In her ongoing Soft Body Dynamics series, twisting, tubular forms are systematically created using generative 3D modelling software. The software randomly generates a set number of splines per day, from which the artist selects to create final compositions which are painted by hand using oil on linen. These shapes curve, fold, and morph in ways reminiscent of limbs, intestines, or cellular organisms. In many ways they hold life in themselves, coming from a different kind of nature — a parallel wilderness — regulated by the forces of chance and uncertainty inherent to their digital environment. By embracing new digital means of reading space and content, the works draw attention to the ever-changing relationship between the human body and digital technology.

b. Toronto 1992 

2015 University of Waterloo, BA (Hons) Studio Specialization

Solo Exhibitions
2020 Parallel Wilderness  – Galerie AVE, Montréal, QC

Group Exhibitions (selected)
Upcoming 2020 Art T.O - Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto, ON
Upcoming 2020 Turn on the bright lights, Galleria Nicola Pedana, Caserta, Italy. Curator: Domenico de Chirico
Upcoming 2020 Matériaux, WIP, Montréal, QC 
2020 Endless Summer – Galerie Sabine Bayasli, Paris, FR
2020 Quarantine Exhibition – Space 52, Athens, Greece
2020 Loading the Virtual Machine... – Distance Gallery, Curated by Christine Renc-Carter
2020 Store Front – Robert Fontaine Gallery, Miami, FL
2019 Threesome  – 19 Karen Gallery, Queensland AUS
2019 Gardeàvue – Galerie Sabine Bayasli, Paris, FR
2019 Galleria Nicola Pedana, Caserta, Italy
2019 Abstractions  – Archive Contemporary, Montréal, QC
2019 Color & Form – Rauschenberg / Captiva Foundation, Florida
2019 While Supplies Last  – Bellevue Arts Museum, Seattle, WA
2018 Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series – Centre Phi, Montréal, QC
2018 Untitled, A Summer Exhibition – Robert Fontaine Gallery, Miami, FL
2017 Festival Chromatic – Studio L’éloi, Montréal, QC
2017 Pause, A Break – Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff, AB
2017 Spectacular Celebrations – Papermill Gallery, Scarborough, ON. Juried by Ann MacDonald (Doris McCarthy Gallery)
2017 VAM 39th Annual Juried Exhibition – AGM, Mississauga, ON. Jurors: Michael Vickers, Sally McKay, Todd Tremeer
2016 Emerging Juried Exhibition – Ontario Society of Artists, Etobicoke, ON. Curators: Paria Shahverdi & Clare Ross. Jurors: Eileen Menzel, Peter Large, Gunilla Josephson
2016 The Artist Project – UNTAPPED Section, Better Living Centre, Toronto, ON
2016 OPEN16 – Front Art Space, New York, NY. Curator: Dionisio Cortes Ortega
2015 Fresh Paint, New Construction (11th edition) – Art Mûr, Montreal, QC. Curators: Rhéal Olivier Lanthier & François St-Jaques
2015 ARTCOP21 – Bridge Centre for Architecture, Cambridge, ON. Curator: Nicole Langlois
2015 YES! – UWAG, Waterloo, ON. Curator: Ivan Jurakic
2015 PEEK – The Artery, University of Waterloo, ON. Curator: Zana Kozomora and Réka Szepesvari
2014 It Starts Here – Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, ON. Curator: Valeria Rigler
2014 Tri-city StopGap (Pop-up exhibition) – Warehouse, Waterloo, ON

2019 – Vermont Studio Center, VT, USA
2017 – The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, AB
2016 – Ragdale Foundation, IL, USA

Selected Awards
2017 Louis Muhlstock Endowment – The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
2016 1st Place in Emerging Artists Exhibition – Ontario Society of Artists
2016 Untapped Emerging Artist Award – The Artist Project
2015 BMO 1st! Art Student Invitational Competition Nomination
2015 Liz Edwards Memorial Award – University of Waterloo
2015 Named ‘Most dedicated to her practice’ – UW Society of Fine Artists
2012 Excellence Award in Fine Arts – University of Waterloo

Art Fairs / Other

2020 Art Wynwood – with Robert Fontaine Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
2019 (im)permanent collection – A+D Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles, CA 2019 Art Miami Fair – with Robert Fontaine Gallery, Miami Beach, FL
2019 Art Verona – with Galleria Nicola Pedana, Verona, Italy
2018 Art Miami Fair – with Robert Fontaine Gallery, Miami Beach, FL

2017 Art Gems Emerging Artist Section, Toronto, ON

Publications and Web Documents
2020 Gross Mag — Artist Feature: Blending the natural and digital world with Vickie Vainionpää
2020 The Colouring Book — Milano Art Guide
2019 Masthead Magazine Op-Ed Artist Vickie Vainionpää unravels toward enlightenment.
2017 Creative Boom Pixels Meet Paint: Two worlds collide in Vickie Vainionpaa's intriguing art
2017 Booooooom Editor’s Pick
2017 BIG ART BOOK, Published by Scarborough Arts, January 2017
2015 Peinture Fraîche et Nouvelle Construction (Catalogue) Published by Art Mûr, July 18th
2015 YES! Exhibition (Catalogue) Published by the University of Waterloo Art Gallery
2014 Melissa Johns, “Tri-City stopgap: By artists, for artists,” Imprint, October 30, 2014, P16

Archive of work:

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