Henni Alftan

Henni Alftan Artworks Visitor


Visitor, 2016
oil on canvas
195 × 130 cm (76.7 × 51.1 in)
Henni Alftan
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC


Lazy, 2016
oil on canvas
114 × 162 cm (44.8 × 63.7 in)
Henni Alftan   Paris, France
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Henni Alftan Artworks Still Water

Still Water, 2016
oil on canvas
130 × 195 cm (51.5 × 76.7 in)
Henni Alftan
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Henni Alftan Artworks Noon

Noon, 2016
oil on canvas
146 × 114 cm (57.4 × 44.8 in)
Henni Alftan
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC


– Z Gallery Arts @ Art New York,Pier 94. New York

– Z Gallery Arts @ Scope New York,New York


-Z Gallery Arts @ Context Art Miami, Miami, Fl

-Shadows In The Mirror, Curator Zohra Bonnis  Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver BC

– J’ai des doutes,est-ce que vous en avez? , curator Julie Crenn, Galerie Claire Gastaud, Clarmont-Fer
rand, France

– Virus, Lapinlahti gallery, Helsinki, Finland
– Frenzy of collecting, works from the Veksi Salmi collection, Lappeenranta Art Museum, Lappeenranta, Finland

– Open Studios at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York, U.S.A.
– Cinematic Senses, Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki Finland
– Collection 6, Galerie Claire Gastaud, Clermont Ferrand, France
– Shift in the Shadows, new acquisitions to collections, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland

– Voyageurs, Révélations Emerige, (nominees for the Emerige art award), villa Emerige, Paris
– Collection 5, Galerie Claire Gastaud, Clermont-Ferrand, France
– Art Paris, Grand Palais, with Galerie Claire Gastaud, Paris
– Intohimona taide, works from the Vexi Salmi collection, Lahti Museum of Art, Lahti, Finland

– Slick Art fair, Paris, with Galerie Claire Gastaud
– Effect, curator Petri Eskelinen, Purnu Art Center, Orivesi, Finland
– Art Paris, Grand Palais, stand A12, Backslash Gallery, Paris
– Un rembrandt comme planche à repasser, curating and participation, le 6b, Saint-Denis
– Valon houkutus, Lahti Museum of Art, Lahti, Finland

– Moite, one-night-show, le 6b, Saint-Denis
– Present ruins, curators Harri Laakso, Anni Venäläinen & Anna Jensen, Fotographic Center
– Nykyaika, TR1 Kunsthalle, Tampere, Finland
– Family & Friends, Backslash Gallery, Paris
– Henni Alftan, Elina Merenmies & Anna Tuori, Galerie Anhava Projectroom, Helsinki, Finland

– Le royaume et l’exil, Backslash Gallery, curated by Gaël Charbau, Paris
– Jeune Création Européenne, Museu Municipal Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, Amarante, Portugal
– Jeune Création Européenne, Tecla Sala Art Center, Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
– Jeune Création Européenne, Villa Croce & Sala Dogana, Genova, Italy

– Jeune Création Européenne, Galerie im Traklhaus, Salzburg, Austria
– Jeune Création Européenne, Pecs Art Exhibition Hall, Hungary
– Jeune Création Européenn, Bratislava City Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
– Jeune Création Européenne, Klapeida Exhibition Hall, Lithuania

– Biennale Itinérant de la Jeune Création Européenne, french section, Montrouge (catalogue)
– MOHLL’148/homestudioshow, curators Florentine & Alex Lamarche-Ovize, La Maladrerie, Auberviliers
– Hauts en couleurs, curator Pia Setälä, Galerie de la Ferronnerie, Paris
– 54e Salon d’art contemporain de Montrouge, curator Stéphane Corréard, Montrouge (catalogue)

– L’oeil de Poisson, Galerie de la Ferronnerie, Paris

– A la surface de l’eau, Parcours Contemporain, Fontenay-le-Comte

– L′oeil du touriste, Paris for ever, curator Jeanne Truong, Galerie Alain Le Gaillard, Paris (catalogue)
– L′oeil du touriste, La Tour Eiffel n′a jamais été aussi belle, curator Jeanne Truong
– Galerie Frédéric Giroux, Paris (catalogue)
– Première Vue, curator Michel Nuridsany, Galerie Passage de Retz, (catalogue)

– L′instant d’avant 1, Espace Console, Paris
– L′instant d’avant 2, Galerie Pitch, Paris
– Valse, Musée Zadkine, Paris

– 432 km, le Hall, Lyon

Born in 1979, Helsinki, Finland
Lives and works in France since 1998


– Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, DNSAP (MFA)

– Exchange student at The Edinburgh College of Art

– Ecole Pilote Internationale d′Art et de Recherche de la Villa Arson, DNAP (BFA)

Solo & Duo Exhibitions

– Shadows in the Mirror, Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC, Canada

– The Missing Picture, Galleria Sculptor, Helsinki

– Entrevu, Iconoscope, Montpellier, France

– Solo Show, Art Paris Art Fair, stand Galerie Claire Gastaud, Grand Palais, Paris
– Enlighten, Forum Box Monttu, Helsinki, Finland

– Henni Alftan, Galerie Claire Gastaud, Clermont-Ferrand

– Henni Alftan, Galerie Anhava Studio, Helsinki, Finland

– Série noire, Galleria Huuto, Helsinki, Finland

– Two Shadows, Gallery Artists’Studio, Helsinki, Finland

– Henni Alftan & Susanna Majuri, Histoires singulières, Galerie de la Ferronerie, Paris

– L’art de s’echapper, Pollen/Monflanquin (catalogue) France
– Henni Alftan, Les Bains Douches, DAC Antibes, France

Works in Collections

Group Exhibitions

– Helsinki Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
– Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
– Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art – Swanljung collection, Vaasa, Finland
– Hämeenlinna Museum of Art- Vexi Salmi collection, Hämeenlinna, Finland
– Famille Durand-Ruel, France
– Heino art foundation Finland
– Finnish Art Society, Finland
– Laurent Dumas – Emerige, France

– Frame Visual Art Finland
– Public Display Grant + project grant, Arts Promotion Center of Finland, Ministry of Culture, Finland
– Swedish Cultural Foudation in Finland, Svenska Kulturfonden
– Young Artist Grant, Finnish Art Society
– Finnish Fund for Culture, Suomen Kulttuurirahasto
– Alfred Kordelin foundation, Finland
– Kone foundation, Finland
– Oskar Öflund Foundation, Finland
– Pollen Association des Artistes en Résidence à Moflanquin, France
– prize, Prix Diamond, Ensb-a, France
– CNASEA, Délégation régionale Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France
– CNAP- aide à la première exposition
– Nominated for the prize Révélations Emerige

Grants and Prizes


– ISCP New York, 6 months residency sponsored by Alfred Kordelin foundation

– Lietsalo-project studio of Finnish Artists’ Studio Foundation, Helsinki, Finland

– Salzburg Kunstverein, Künstlerhaus, Austria

– Kone foundation, at Saari manor, Finland

– Pollen Association des Artistes en Résidence à Moflanquin, with solo exhibition and publication

– Works in Cecilia Becanovic’s conference/performance at La Vitrine, Paris

– Yellow Pages, group project lead by John Armleder and Team 404



– Finnish Painters Union / Taidemaalariliitto



On View: Apr. 6th – May. 8th 2017
Artist Reception: Thursday Apr. 6th 2017, 6PM – 8PM


Kitchen, 2016, oil on canvas
25.5 × 31.8 in

Z Gallery Arts presents Henni Alftan’s
First North American Solo Exhibition:
Shadows in the Mirror

VANCOUVER, BC – Z Gallery Arts presents Finland-born artist Henni Alftan’s first North American solo exhibition, Shadows in the Mirror, on display from April 6 – May 8, 2017. This exclusive collection of 15 original, oil-on-canvas works explores the mimetic relation of paint as material and the image. Through striking, figurative pictures composed with careful framing, ellipsis, light and shading, Alftan plays with the observer’s gaze, inciting the viewer to take a deeper look at everyday objects and scenes that are not what they seem.

“I have had my eye on Henni Alftan for some time, having seen her works presented with critical acclaim in Helsinki, Paris, and New York,” says Zohra Bonnis, curator & owner, Z Gallery Arts. “Capturing what initially appear to be mundane settings – shadows of a chain link fence, light peeking through foliage, the reflection in a rearview mirror – she finds something rich and nuanced in every scene in which to engage the viewer. With her exquisite skill and unique perspective, I am thrilled and honoured to represent Alftan, and look forward to introducing many more artists of her caliber from around the world to Vancouverites.”
Born in Helsinki, Finland in 1979, Alftan studied at École Nationale Su Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, and the Edinburgh College of Art. In 1998, she moved to Paris, and was first featured in a group exhibition in Lyon in 2001. Since that time, Alftan’s immense body of works have been displayed in more than 20 exhibitions throughout Europe, including 10 solo presentations within her home country of Finland.
Through calculated brushstrokes, Alftan evokes the semblance of actual objects with subtle deviations from reality. As a result, the object inversely begins to refer to the painting itself as an object. Her mastery over this style is credited to her intricate knowledge of the rules and codes of image making.
In 2016, Alftan’s paintings appeared alongside works by Henri Cueco, Gaël Davrinche, and Nils-Udo in J’ai des doutes. Est-ce que vous en avez?, an exhibition in Paris focused on notions of doubt and perception. The previous year, Alftan enjoyed a six-month residency at New York’s prestigious International Studio & Curatorial Program.
Alftan’s work can be found in collections at Finland’s Amos Anderson Art Museum, Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art, and The Helsinki Art Museum, among others.
Drawing inspiration from painting’s history and progression, Alftan spends much of her time reflecting on iconic works in galleries and museums in Paris. She cites her contemporary influences as figurative painters Luc Tuymans and Alex Katz, as well as Vancouver’s own photographer Jeff Wall.


Artist Statement – Shadows in the Mirror, 2017:

About Z Gallery Arts

Located in Vancouver, Z Gallery Arts is dedicated to fostering the work of emerging and internationally established artists. Founded by curator and owner Zohra Bonnis in 2016, the gallery aims to promote and support intellectual and visual dialogue with artists from around the world while embracing diversity across the industry.


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