Harri Larjosto (1952) is a Finnish media artist who has worked with photography and video, lens based installations since the end of the 80's. Larjosto has years of varied artistic work behind him, in wich he has explored the image and tested out the limits of the different artistic disciplines. He has produced photographs, videos, installations, collages, paintings and performances.

Starting news 2018…

  • Harri works on new hobby and script  for short movie on Bee Hives / Honey 🙂
  • April, Harri teaches moving image at University of Split Arts Academy – UMAS, Croatia
  • Tattooed Art works, exhb and book Kuva Ihollani, tours to Sastamala 12.6. – 19.8.
  • Inheritor – Perillinen short movie on TV Chanel-Teema
  • Music video premier for Stilletti Ana , Cymbals (video mix)

The Picture on my Skin, book available

Articles on magazines.

Helsingin Sanomat



Exhibition and book


Tattooed artworks

At the Gallen-Kallela Museum from

10 September 2017 to 14 January 2018

Press conference at 1 p.m. on Thursday, 7 September

The opening of the exhibition will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, 9 September


Well-known works of art have turned into tattoos in the Gallen-Kallela Museum’s new exhibition of photographs.

Over a period of around two years, media artist Harri Larjosto and the Gallen-Kallela Museum searched for people with tattoos based on works of art. The numbers of classic artworks living on human skin exceeded all expectations. Larjosto went on to photograph and interview one hundred people.

‘People have surprisingly serious reasons for bearing a picture, art on their skin, throughout their lives,’ says Larjosto.  People reveal their own moving, fascinating and amusing stories through this highly intimate exhibition and its book.

Artworks living on the skin provide a new perspective on the meaning of art in the present age.  Since the 1990s, tattoos have become increasingly popular, resulting in an outright boom as part of mainstream personal decoration. Many people with tattoos of artworks, however, seek to make a distinction from the mass. Images of art are felt to have a deeper meaning and value, being attached to history and culture. At the same time, tattooed works of art are transferred from museums and the pages of books to completely new settings and to be part of people’s lives.

Among the tattooed works, the most popular artist proved to be Akseli Gallen-Kallela with The Defence of the Sampo (1896) and other subjects from the Kalevala epic. For many people, the tattooing of classics of Finnish art was associated not only with the idea of their own roots but with an appropriation of national symbols: the shared cultural heritage must not wind up solely the property of nationalists.

Other artists whose works were reproduced on skin include Hugo Simberg, the von Wright brothers, Alphonse Mucha, Edvard Munch, Salvador Dalí and Leonardo da Vinci.

The book Kuva ihollani (The Picture on my Skin, in Finnish) issued by Maahenki publishers will appear in connection with the exhibition.

This exhibition is part of the official programme of the centenary of Finnish independence.
The Kone Foundation has provided support for Harri Larjosto’s work.
In association with:  Epson Suomi

Further information and interview requests:
Exhibitions manager Anne Pelin, anne.pelin@gallen-kallela.fi, tel. 09 849 23413


Perillinen – Inheritor short movie

Inheritor – Perillinen short movie etc

Art related news:

Inheritor _ Perillinen short movie Premier in May, screening in Mänttä Art Festival 11.6.-31.8.2017 .

Tattooed Artworks exhibition and book at Akseli Gallen Kallela Museum starts september 9th.

We are Natives of Somewhere exhibition at Estonia, Parnu Linna Gallerii,  20.9. – 14.10.


Personally Harri is studying to start new hobby: Apiary, bee gardening :-).

Tattooed artworks update

101 documented people now, Artworks new life on the skin. Here some most recent:
Malevits (parts of suprematism woks 003 & 006) , Japanese woodprints’ parts from Edo era, Hugo Simberg (death ice skating), Hilma af Klint Swan no 1, Kandinsky (dancer), Axel Gallen Kallela (part of Aino triptyk, here Aino with burlesque tassel), Michelangelo (Pieta). Artists and people are named when project is ready (book and exhb 2017).

Harri works on video ”Antroposen”

Harri works at the moment in two projects, short video Antroposen and photo documentary  tattooed artworks (exhibition and book 2017).

At the end 2015

Some news at the end of the year 2015.

Harri was placed in two art history books: Amos Anderson Artmuseum 50y history book and Jokapaikan valokuva – Digitalization of Finnish Photography 1992–2015 by prof Merja Salo.

Harri got grant by Kone Foundation to continue preparing documentary exhibition and book about tattooed artworks 2017 to Alseli Gallen Kallela Museum.

2016 starts with exhibitions and working on projects.

– Voipaalan taidekeskus, Valkeakoski, I got You under my skin, 13.2.-10.4, group exhibition

– Kuntsin modernin taiteen museo, Vaasa, UN/SAFE, 13.2-8.5.2016, group exhibition

Harri works on Tattooed Artworks project and Short movie ”Antroposen”.

Music video to Stiletti Ana’s Universe Carrier

”We are natives of somewhere”. Six of my images from serie will be exhibitted in Salzburg in group exhb of Vantaa Artist Society 11.7.-20.8.