Tapani Aartomaa, Finland

AGI member since 1997

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Aartomaa started his studies at the Institute of Marketing in Helsinki, at the same time as attending graphic art evening classes at the Institute of Art and Design (Ateneum). Started his career as a commercial artist in major advertising agencies in Finland. He has run his own freelance studio since 1963. Taught graphic design at Lahti Design Polytechnic 1972–86. In 1972 he also started as lecturer at the University of Art and Design, where he became a professor in 1986. He was nominated one of the 100 leading graphic designers of the world 1983–93 by IDEA/Japan, 1993. He has been a member or head of international and national juries for poster biennials and competitions in Warsaw, Aosta, Moscow, Rzezów and Lahti, and was co-founder of Lahti Poster Biennial, 1975. Collaboration with interior architect Yrjö Kukkapuro since 1989 in design of graphics for chairs. ‘Tattooed Chair’ exhibitions together with Yrjö Kukkapuro, most recently in Lisbon, 2006.

Tapani Aartomaa started his studies at the Institute of Marketing in Helsinki. At the same time he attended graphic art evening classes at the Institute of Art and Design (Ateneum), later he continued studying book design and sculpture in day classes. He started his career as a commercial artist in major advertising agencies in Finland and set up his own freelance studio in 1963. He taught graphic design at Lahti Design Polytechnic from 1972 to 1986. In 1972 he also started as lecturer at the University of Art and Design, where he became a professor in 1986. Over the years he gave lectures and workshops in various countries in Europe, Asia, and North and South America.

Aartomaa has been awarded for numerous book designs since 1967, most recently in 2005. His poster designs have been honoured both nationally and internationally, including an award at the Colorado Poster Biennial 2005. He was nominated one of the 100 leading graphic designers of the world (1983–93) by IDEA/Japan, 1993. He has been a member or head of international and national juries for poster biennials and competitions in Warsaw, Aosta, Moscow, Rzezów and Lahti, and was co-founder of Lahti Poster Biennial, 1975. From 1989 he collaborated with interior architect Yrjö Kukkapuro and designed graphics for chairs: for instance the ‘Tattooed Chair’ exhibition with Yrjö Kukkapuro, most recently in Lisbon, 2006.

Biography text taken from AGI by Ben and Elly Bos

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    Tapani Aartomaa, Finland (1997)

    Tapani Aartomaa started his studies at the Institute of Marketing in Helsinki. At the same time he attended graphic art evening classes at the Institute of Art and Design (Ateneum),...

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    Tapani Aartomaa, Finland (1997)

      Aartomaa started his studies at the Institute of Marketing in Helsinki, at the same time as attending graphic art evening classes at the Institute of Art and Design (Ateneum). Started his career as a commercial artist in major advertising agencies in Finland. He has run his own freelance studio since 1963. Taught graphic design at Lahti Design Polytechnic 1972–86. In 1972 he also started as lecturer at the University of Art and Design, where he became a professor in 1986. He was nominated one of the 100 leading graphic designers of the world 1983–93 by IDEA/Japan, 1993. He has been a member or head of international and national juries for poster biennials and competitions in Warsaw, Aosta, Moscow, Rzezów and Lahti, and was co-founder of Lahti Poster Biennial, 1975. Collaboration with interior architect Yrjö Kukkapuro since 1989 in design of graphics for chairs. ‘Tattooed Chair’ exhibitions together with Yrjö Kukkapuro, most recently in Lisbon, 2006.

      Tapani Aartomaa started his studies at the Institute of Marketing in Helsinki. At the same time he attended graphic art evening classes at the Institute of Art and Design (Ateneum), later he continued studying book design and sculpture in day classes. He started his career as a commercial artist in major advertising agencies in Finland and set up his own freelance studio in 1963. He taught graphic design at Lahti Design Polytechnic from 1972 to 1986. In 1972 he also started as lecturer at the University of Art and Design, where he became a professor in 1986. Over the years he gave lectures and workshops in various countries in Europe, Asia, and North and South America.

      Aartomaa has been awarded for numerous book designs since 1967, most recently in 2005. His poster designs have been honoured both nationally and internationally, including an award at the Colorado Poster Biennial 2005. He was nominated one of the 100 leading graphic designers of the world (1983–93) by IDEA/Japan, 1993. He has been a member or head of international and national juries for poster biennials and competitions in Warsaw, Aosta, Moscow, Rzezów and Lahti, and was co-founder of Lahti Poster Biennial, 1975. From 1989 he collaborated with interior architect Yrjö Kukkapuro and designed graphics for chairs: for instance the ‘Tattooed Chair’ exhibition with Yrjö Kukkapuro, most recently in Lisbon, 2006.

      Biography text taken from AGI by Ben and Elly Bos