Simo Hannula

Simo Hannula Espoon ateleessaan 1980_(kuva Pekka Hannula)Simo Hannula at his printmaking studio in 1980 (Photo: Pekka Hannula)

Simo Hannula (1932–2016) is one of the most known, exhibited and collected printmakers in Finland.

Simo Hannula on Finnish National Gallery’s database and his bibliography on Kirjav@ – Central database of the Finnish National Gallery Library. If the Library’s Kirjav@ link gives a blank page > execute a new Simo Hannula search.

Simo Hannula in brief

Finnish Printmaker, Visual Artist and Painter. Born 1932 at Konginkangas (Central Finland). Died 2016. Did The Fine Arts Academy of Finland 1951–55. Had artist’s debut 1954. During his career several hundreds exhibitions all over the world. Represented Finland at Venice Biennale 1964, got Pro Finlandia Medal of the Order of the Lion of Finland 1969. More than 30 prizes, latest ones related to Ex Libris Art at 90s. Title Artists Professor in 1993. His prints are widely collected in Finland from Finnish National Gallery to Jyväskylä Art Museum and outside Finland from Dresden’s Kupferstich-Kabinett to Christchurch’s Art Gallery in New Zealand and to many other collections.

At 60s he was interested in surreal landscapes and spatial visions. At 70s he did realistic prints whose themes were related to conservation of nature and to erotics. At 80s his main focus was on satiristic topics and at 90s he conflated his earlier styles in small format ex libris prints.

simo 2004 (Photo: Pekka Hannula)



“Homo Sapiens”, etching, 1986


“The Nocturne” (Nokturni), etching, 1969