Born in 1962 in Tampere, Finland.
Lives and works in Helsinki.
Professor of Contemporary Art Photography in Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Jyrki Parantainen has a Master in Photography (University of Art and Design Helsinki) and is very actively involved in the so called Helsinki School. He is also curator and started with the first exhibition of students in 1997, being both designer and administrator of several shows. Co-operating with producers, international and local museums, art fairs, galleries, curators and the press are all also normal activities for him. His work has been exhibited in Europe, the USA, Asia and is included in about twenty-five public and twenty private collections worldwide.
Jyrki Parantainen was nominator for the Discovery Award of the Rencontres d’Arles in 2012. He nominated the following artists: Anni Leppälä; Jaana Maijala and Nelli Palomäki.
Jyrki Parantainen. Courtesy of the artist.