Ari Purhonen was born in Finland in 1953 and came to Australia in 1966. In 1975 he graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Architecture) from the University of New South Wales. Since 1986 Purhonen has taught sculpture and jewellery design. He is currently Lecturer in Sculpture at the Sydney University Artworkshop. Since 1980 Purhonen has exhibited widely in Australia, America and New Zealand. He has held eighteen solo exhibitions including Sculpture 1982-1990 at the Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, 1990. His works have been selected for major group exhibitions including the Mildura Sculpture Triennial, 1985; the Australian Sculpture Triennial, Melbourne, in 1984, 1990 and 1993; and Australian Perspecta, Sydney, in 1985 and 1991. Purhonen has received several awards and prizes, among them the Mildura Sculpture Prize in 1985. He was artist-in-residence at Auckland City Art Gallery, New Zealand, in 1990, and was awarded the University of Sydney Power Studio, Paris, in 1991. In 1999 he completed a public sculpture commission for the Olympic Coordination Authority at Homebush Bay, Sydney. Ari Purhonen lives in Sydney.
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