Finnish artist SAMI (also known as Sami Korkiakoski, b. 1978) works with large scale paintings in which he explores line, rhythm and feeling, taking the line to a whole new level.

Mike Weiss (Lowell Ryan Projects, LA) descibes SAMI ’s work: ”Merging rich calligraphic and expressionist traditions, SAMI creates feverish paintings using silicone, oil, and spray paint on raw canvas––often working directly from the tube or silicone gun. With this fast gesture, dense layering, and texturally-varied material, each work seems both forming and decaying, brand new and prehistoric, agonizing and cathartic. In them, we find raw emotion made palpable; a primal yawp put down in form and color. Line and language are treated not just as visual and semantic, but also acoustic forms. Their energy is not contained on the wall, rather it radiates out to fill the spaces they inhabit. In this way, as angst-ridden and even violent as each work can seem, they create a kind of spiritual realm, a slight departure from our mental and emotional everyday, an opportunity for release.”

SAMI received his MA from the University of Art and Design Helsinki, and his MFA from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki. He has exhibited widely across Finland and internationally, including solo shows with Peter Makebish Gallery (NYC), Makasiini Contemporary (FI), TM Gallery (FI), and Artag Gallery (FI). His work resides in numerous public collections such as Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Sara Hildén Art Museum, Salo Art Museum, Kunsti Museum of Modern Art, and Kuopio Art Museum.