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Alexander Salvesen (b. 1990) is a Helsinki based artist who primarily works with light in different forms, either through usage of pigments or by working with light itself. In his works he likes to emphasize colour, space and shape, and especially their relations to each other and to the viewer. He is interested in the manipulation of our perception and likes to, through his works, inspire the viewer’s mind to reflect on their own senses and suggest a moment of serenity by just being present in the moment. Salvesen finds inspiration outside in the nature and from its yearly phenomena, but also in present political and socio economic situations and the ongoing climate crisis. In the performing arts, Salvesen mainly concentrates on lighting design for contemporary dance, performance art and theatre.
Salvesen graduated as Master of Arts in 2018 from The Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. Before that he studied fine arts under the teaching of Auni Pelho and Bjarne Bäck in Västra Nylands Folkhögskola (2010-2011).
Some of his previous light art works have been exhibited in group exhibitions in Lux Helsinki (2013, 2014, 2017, 2019), Mäntän Kuvataideviikot XXIV (2019), Muu Galleria (2018), Polar Night Light Festival (2017, 2018), in the VÄS30 anniversary exhibition in Helsinki (2016) and several solo exhibitions with light art and painting in Finland and abroad.
Salvesen works also as a lighting designer in the Chekhov Machine collective and a member in a piezo instrumental quartet Neptuges. Salvesen is a founding member of the Finnish Light Art Society Helsinki and a member in Finnish Artists Association Muu ry.
Full artistic résumé available upon request