BIOGRAPHY

1947

Timo Solin was born in Tampere (Tammerfors), Finland.

1960s

At the age of 15–16 Timo Solin starts to embark on art seriously, painting abstract art, listening to jazz and writing poetry. His writing results in a novel and a collection of poems. Neither are published.

Early 1970s

Sees for the first time a sculpture by Henry Moore, “Mother and Child”, which makes a great impression on him. He begins to sculpture when he is chopping wood for the sauna at the family’s country cottage. Still writing haiku-like poems.

1975

Moves to Stockholm, where his brother is already living. Studies history of art for a while. Still has a dream of being a writer, changes languages and writes in Swedish – but his work is rejected.

 

1980

Moves to Öråker’s Farm north of Stockholm, where he is inspired to make large wooden sculptures in the spirit of Henry Moore. Corresponds with Henry Moore.

1982

First individual exhibition at Galleri Aix, Stockholm. Exhibits at Rottneros Sculpture Park.

1983

Works for the first time in bronze. Marries Tina Dyrssen.

1984

Exhibition at Watatu Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya.

1985

Mälargalleriet, Stockholm. Works primarily with wood, begins to use plywood. His first metal figures appear.

1986

Exhibitions in IFAC London, UK and Madrid.

1987

Exhibition at the Oliva Mara Gallery in Madrid. Article about him written by the critic Jose Ramon Davila in the art magazine El Punto. Participates in Stockholm Mobile, an exhibition arranged by Claes Sweger, who has just returned to Stockholm from New York.

1988

Exhibits at the Schiller Wapner Gallery, New York. Rents a studio on Manhattan close to Madison Square Garden. Meets the writer Jerzy Kosinski and the journalist and newspaper owner Bill Tatum at The Amsterdam News.

1989

Cure Gallery, Los Angeles, Gallery 630B, New Orleans, Elaine Benson Gallery, Bridgehampton, Long Island, New York.

 

1990

His first exhibition in France, at the Palais des Expositions in Lyons. Exhibits works at Liljevalchs Art Gallery, Stockholm and at Kalmar Museum

1991

Expositvm, Expositive Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico D.F.

1992

Is awarded a Ueno Royal Museum prize at the fourth Rodin Prize Exhibition at the Hakone & Utsugushi-ga-hara Open-Air Museum, Japan. The Museum buys a five-metre-tall Guardians. Exhibition at Camage Gallery in Västerås and Stockholm Art Fair One Man Show.

1993

Marries for the second time, Helen Cheng. Their son Theodor is born. Exhibitions at Galleri Åklund, Lund and Gallery Altes Rathaus, Inzlingen, Germany.

1994

Catalogue published with articles by Nils-Petter Sundgren, Kristina Mezei and Gerard A. Goodrow, Curator at the Ludwig Museum in Cologne. The town of Kristianstad purchases a large Guardian who stands in front of the Art Hall; Enköping Art Gallery and Smålands Konstarkiv, Sweden.

1995

Awarded the Prize for Excellence at the Fuji Sankei Biennal at Utsugushi-ga-hara Open-Air Museum, Japan, where 17 sculptors from seven countries are chosen by a jury from more than 700 works from 50 countries. The Open-Air Museum purchases another work for its collection. Exhibition at Sotheby’s, Stockholm.

1997

Exhibition at the José Luis Cuevas Museum, Mexico City. Catalogue with articles by Jose Luis Cuevas and Alejandra Rodrigues Diaz of the University of the New World, Mexico. Begins to make bronzes again.

1998

Exhibitions in Sweden, at Karlskoga Art Gallery

1999

Exhibits at the Theo Waddington Gallery in Boca Raton, Florida, USA, and in Mariehamn City Park on Åland. Works purchased by the city of Mariehamn.

2000

Exhibits for the first time in Finland, in Helsinki. Participates in art fairs in the the United States.

2001

Exhibits at Galleri Saskia in Tampere, Finland. His parents see Timo’s work for the first time exhibited in his native town. Participates in the Palm Beach and Chicago Art Fairs in the United States.

2002

Exhibitions in Sweden and further participation at Theo Waddington in the United States. Exhibition in Sweden at Skellefteå Art Gallery. Guardian in stainless steel sold to University Campus.

2003

Book “Timo Solin Portraits of an Artist” Atlantis Stockholm. Texts by Nils-Petter Sundgren, Åsa Moberg, Kurt Almsqvist, Björn Linnell. Exhibition at Hedenius Stockholm.

2004

Exhibitions at Ginza Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. “Swedish Style” Swedish embassy Tokyo. Gallery Moment in Ängelholm, Sweden. Works sold to city of Ängelholm.

2005-2006

Exhibitions Sweden and Finland. MAC Art Museum in Tampere, Finland, purchases big bronze statue to stand outside of the Museum building. Timos Father dies just before his 90th birthday.

2007

Book “Fireflies” poems, thoughts, haikus and pictures – published by Arena. Timo dedicates the book in the memory of his Mother.

2008

Edsvik Art Gallery of Sollentuna. Lidingö Art Gallery. Actors Anita Björk and Jonas Bergström from Royal Dramatic Theatre read Timos poems. Exhibits also at Gallery Konstfrämjandet Halland and Sandviken Konstrunda.

2009-2010

Exhibits in galleries in Jönköping and Lund, Sweden.

2011

Exhibits at Höganäs Art Gallery. The 5 meter Guardian from Utsugushi-ga-hara Open Air Museum exhibits for two years at Marunouchi Street Gallery near Tokyo Station, Japan.

2012

Exhibits at Gallery MDA Helsinborg, Sweden and Gallery Aspis Helsinki, Finland.

2013

Prize-winning sculpture ”Sunbather” from Utsugushi-ga-hara Open Air Museum is also exhibited at Marunouchi Street Gallery, Tokyo for two years.

2014

Exhibits at Edsvik Art Gallery. Retrospektive. Book published with texts by Ricardo Donoso, Anna-Lena Renqvist, Kay Glans, Björn Linnell and Timo Solin.

2015

Exhibits at Landskrona Gallery Gamla Staden and Helsingborg Art Fair.

2016

Exhibits at Art Fairs in Stockholm and Helsingborg. Also Gallery MDA Helsingborg, Sweden.