Kari Cavén (born 1954, Savonlinna) likes to work with recycled materials and everyday objects. He shapes and combines them in surprising ways. Cavén’s art not only touches upon Arte Povera but also on Fluxus, constructivism and surrealism, creating from them his inimitable Cavénism – sometimes funny and sometimes thoughtful but always surprising and of clear form. Kari Cavén’s works combine in interesting ways the purity of the modern with the complexity of post-everything.

Kari Cavén has held some fifty solo exhibitions and participated in almost a hundred joint exhibitions in Finland, the Nordic countries, Central Europe and beyond Europe. He has represented Finland in the Venice and Sao Paulo biennales and his works are included in private collections and almost all major public collections in Finland and many Nordic ones, including Modern Museet in Stockholm, the Malmö Art Museum and the Gothenburg Art Museum. Kari Cavén has also been invited to make over ten public works of art in Finland, Sweden and Norway.