MAURI KOSONEN (b. 1978) is a Finnish Visual Artist and Musician from Turku, Finland working with sculpture, public art, painting, video, graphic art and music.
“Art is an intuitive adventure in an alternative reality. It bends the limits of human knowledge creating something that science or reason can’t explain, but what can be experienced, felt and interpreted in the viewers mind. The relationship between nature and the human mind is the source of my art. The idea is important dimension. I hide meanings and enigmas consiously and subconsiously to my artworks to build a bridge of thoughts between the viewer and artist. Art and music are possibly the highest forms of communication. At least I like to think that they are.”
Mauri Kosonen’s art coureer started with naivistic-realistic oil on canvas painting in 1997 and since then he has had numerous exhibitions. Main art competition achievements are: 1st prize in National Sculpture Competition 2016, 1 st prize in Idea Competition 2015 and internationally: Art Olympia, Tokyo, Japan, 2015, finals exhibition. His artworks are included in private, corporate and public collections and in art publications such as International Contemporary Masters Vol III (WWAB, USA, 2010).
Recent focus has been on public art and sculpture. Landmarks between 2013 to 2023 are 13 large public artworks widely recognised in Finland. Highlights are Glass Structure of the Year 2022, Big Blue, an artistic-architectural entity and glass facade artwork featuring a life size blue whale floating underwater, Ahoy!, a public artwork for Tall Ships Races in 2017 and mystic 3D mural pairs “Temple of the Troll” and “Mountain Maiden” seen on national MTV3 News.
In 2016 Kosonen graduated from 4-year art studies in Satakunta Polytechnic, Kankaanpää as BA of Culture and Arts. Kosonen has also written, published and Illustrated two Children’s Books (in Finnish). In music he is best known from 5 albums and around 200 shows as vocalist-guitarist and songwriter in Metal Duo Mystons and from 2020 Mauri Dark solo album.