Born 1976 in Finland.

Education / Residency

2013 – 2016     Villa Snäcksund Residency Program, Pro Artibus, Ekenäs, Finland
2007     Centre d´Art i Natura, Farerra, Catalonia, Spain
1997 – 2000     BA Fine Art ( Hons ), Goldsmiths College, London
1995 – 1997     The Nordic School of Art, Kokkola, Finland

Solo Shows

Natural High Frequency, Galleria Heino, Finland

New to nature, Rokeby gallery, London UK

Geometry of Place / Obstucted Views,Hippolyte Galleria, Helsinki, Finland

Structures for the Unseen, Spacex, Exeter, UK
Axel Antas, Heino Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
Axel Antas, Rokeby gallery, London UK

Invention of solitude, HIAP project room, Helsinki, Finland

Nature of things, Rokeby Gallery, London, UK

Interventions, Galleria Heino, Helsinki, Finland

Drawings, photographs and video, Galleria Heino, Helsinki, Finland

vast, Senko Studio, Denmark

Breathing Himself Invisible, e1 Gallery, London
Silent conversations, Kuvataideakatemian Galleria, Helsinki

while we sleep, Economist, London
The Acrobat, Kari Kenetti Galleria / Project space, Helsinki, Finland

transient, Studio Mezzo, Helsinki, Finland

Selected Group Shows

The 7th Wave – Wihuri and Visual Art, Rovaniemi Art Museum, Finland
Force of Nature: Picturing Ruskin’s Landscape, Millennium Gallery, Museums Sheffield, UK
Malin Alhsved / Axel Antas, Elverket, Ekenäs, Finland

Dark Hours | Fixed Space, & Abet, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK
Unseen Art Fair, Amsterdam

Reflective Shadow, Ordrupgaard Muesum, Copehangen, Denmark
In Arcadia, IMT Gallery, London, UK
The Drawing Room, London, UK

(Un) Balance, Z33, Hasselt, The Netherlands
Synligt – Osynligt, Rackstad museet, Arvika, Sweden
Les nuages… -bas… les merveilleux nuages, Musee Malraux, Le Havre, France

There Is No Road, LABoral, Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón, Spain
Space Now, The Triangle, London, UK
This is Nowhere, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK
The Drawing Room, London, UK
Fruehsorge contemporary, Berlin, Germany

Nieuwe Collectie, City of Lier, Belgium
Bird Watching: Birds in Contemporary Art, De Vishal exhibition centre, Haarlem, Netherlands
Aurora, Norwich Arts Center, Norwich, UK
Wood for the Trees and Falling Leaves, Gimpel Fils, London, UK
Jerwood Drawing Prize 2006 mac, Birmingham, UK, Bury St Edmunds Gallery, Suffolk, UK, DLI Museum & Durham Art Gallery, Durham, UK, Bay Art, Cardiff, UK

Anatomy of Desire, Encosta Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal
Jerwood Drawing Prize 2006, Pittville Gallery, Cheltenham, UK
Focus Finland, Carmelitas Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
Landscape, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
Jerwood Drawing Prize 2006, Jerwood Space, London
Statment, Paris Photo, Le Carrousel du Louvre, Paris, France
Plug, White Space, County Hall, London UK
Naturally! Mogadishni, Copenhagen, Denmark
Divergent Gazes, Mutual apropriations, Enconsta Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal
PodArt II, 31Grand Gallery, New York
Loop 06, Galería dels Angels, Barcelona, Spain

Treescapes, En Línea ( Córcega 284), Barcelona
The Unlimited Dream Company, Bisquit Factory, Newcastle, UK
Vadenspejl, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Instant of my Death, Galeria dels Angels, Curated by Hannah Collins, Barcelona
Under your skin, Curated by Raul Zamudio, White Box, New York
View 2005, Forum Box, Helsinki, Finland
The White Station, Pumphouse Gallery, London, UK

I Want, I want!, Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland &Towner Art Gallery
Video screening, 291 Gallery, London
Prospects 2003, The old truman brewery, London
Platform for Art, London
Video screening, The Kiosk Project, London
Recent work, Axel Antas & Micahel Samuels, Pumphouse Gallery, London

RAPT, Prenelle Gallery, London
I Did it my way, Prenelle Gallery, London
Finnish video art, Jakarta, Indonesia
The Latest Group Show, e1 Gallery, London
Exile, Rum 64, Aarhus, Denmark

Video screening at Lux, London
Video screening at Gallery Westland Place, London
Location, group show at Trinity Boye Wharf, London
London Art Fair 2001

Holland Animation Film Festival
Still, still moving, two mans show at ArtspacePeblinc, Copenhagen
Assembly, collaboration between Golsmiths & Royal College, London
Shotgun, Video screening at Artspace Peblinc, Copenhagen
The Rest of the story, Chelsea College of Art 7 Design, London
Krok, animation festival, Moscow, Russia
Deptford X, London
Goldsmiths Degree Show, London
Self-Service, Five Years, London

Selected Press and Bibliography

2009 Alaska Magazine, 3 2009, Edition of 300
2008 Valokuvaa ja muuta, Taide, 03 2008, pp56
2008 Axel Antas, Guardian, May 17 2008
Ten UK shows to see, Art world, June-July 2008
2007 The New Photographic Portrait, William A. Ewing, Thames & Hudson
2007 Anna Sansom, Axel Antas,, Hotshoe Dec/Jan 2007
2006 Nicky Catley, A Bear-Pit of Art and Taste, Paris Photo, The Sunday Times, 25.11.2006
2006 Paris Photo 2006, Nordic Countries, Eyemazing, 03.2006
2006 Suzy Menkes, Images captured under a Nordic star, International Herlad Tribune, 17.11.2006
2006 Critics Choice, The Observer, Review, 10.09.2006
2006 Eve Therond, North Wind, Whitewall
2005 Anu Uimonen, Pilvi putosi puistoon, Helsingin Sanomat, 03.12 2005, C5
2005 Alistair Robinson, Axel Antas, catalogue essay
2005 Beckey Beasley, To dead to tell you, Catalogue essay
2005 Mikko Oranen, Häilyvä maisema,
2004 Morgan Falconer, Last snow of summer. The Times, Dec 2004
2004 Emilia Siltavuori, Anonymitet och ensamhet, HBL Kultur, 14.8.2004
2003 JJ Charlesworth, I Want! I Want!, Art monthly, 10.103 pp.33-35
2001 Martin Herbert, Time Out Review, 3.10 2001


There Is No Road, Exhibition catalogue, 2009, ISBN-13: 978-84-612-9263-9
Nowhere is Here, The Drawing Room, Exhibition catalogue, 2008, ISBN 978-0-9558299-0-1
Synligt – Osynligt, 2008 ISBN: 978-952-99875-2-8
Landscape, Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, 2007, Exhibition catalogue
Face (The new photographic portrait) Thames & Hudson, London, 2006
Interventions, Axel Antas, Publication catalogue, 2005, ISBN: 952-5636-01-1
Axel Antas & Michael Samuels Selected work, 2003, Pumphouse Gallery

Public Collections

Helsinki City Art Museum
Houthoff Buruma, Netherlands
Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
Pro Artibus, Finland
Saastamoisen säätiö, Kuopio Art Museum
Wihurin säätiö
Zabludowicz Collection