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Janne Parviainen is a 38-year-old artist from Helsinki, Finland. He is one of the most well known light painting artists and his work has been featured in various magazines and art blogs such as The National Geographic, The Guardian, Daily Mail, Wired, Juxtapoz, Spiegel Online, Metro News paper and Yahoo News. Janne has worked with well known brands such as Adobe Systems Inc., Olight and Nippon Television producing high level artistic material for commercial use.


Janne has organized exhibitions, light installations, light art work shops, performances, music videos and commercial work as a solo artist and with the Finnish light art collectives Valopaja and LightPaintBox he is part of. Janne is part of the Advisory board in the international light painting group LPWA and is an author on the LightPaintingBlog, that covers the field of light art and light painting internationally.


Janne Parviainen also has 20 years of expertise as an artist and he has a very recognizable style in which he combines oil color, metal leaves and permanent marker on glass using old windows. Janne has been teaching drawing light art and oil color painting for 18 years in various schools in the Helsinki region.




Born in Kerava, Finland in 1980

Currently works and lives in Helsinki, Finland



Metal art and audiovisual communication, Adulta, Järvenpää, 2005

Painting and photography, Hyvinkää Art School, 2003


Work Experience

Teacher, Art School Alfa Art: drawing, oil color painting, photography, 2010-

Teacher, Järvenpää Adult Education College: oil color painting, photography 2003-

Teacher, Kerava Adult Education College: oil color painting, 2011-

Teacher, Adulta Järvenpää: sculpting, 2007



Finnish Painters’ Union -2016

Artist Association of Helsinki  -2016

Artist Association of Järvenpää

Light Painting World Alliance (LPWA) Member of the Advisory Board


Private Exhibitions (selected)

2018 Valontaivuttajat, Stoa Gallery, Helsinki, Finland (11/2018)

2018 Lapparin kakarat (with Jukka Laine), Mental Museum, Lapinlahti, Helsinki

2016 Teurastamo, Helsinki, Finland

2015 Urbane Art Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

2012 S-window Gallery, Sokos Helsinki (June-August)

2011 Reikäreuna short film festival

2010 Linnanmäki Amusement Park

2008 Hovinkartano Art Center

2008 Taidetalo, Järvenpää

2007 Vuotalo Gallery, Helsinki

2006 Artpora, Outokumpu

2006 Raatihuone Gallery, Turku

2006 Gallery 4-kuus, Helsinki

2005 Järnätti-gallery, Järvenpää House

2004 Promenade Gallery, Prisma Järvenpää

2004 Savoy Theatre, Helsinki

2003 Stoa Gallery, Helsinki

2002 Rinteentalo Gallery, Hyvinkää


Group Exhibitions (selected)

2018 LPWA exhibition, APM Building, Beijing, China

2018 LPWA exhibition, UNESCO, Paris, France

2018 Lux Helsinki, Esplanadi, Helsinki Finland

2017 Polar Night Light Festival, Ruka, Finland

2017 Lux Helsinki, Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki, Finland

2016 Global Shop, Duggal select artists, Las Vegas, USA

2015 Unesco Year of Light, Unesco Headquarters, Paris, France

2015 Astana Art Fest, LPWA Exhibition, Astana, Kazakhstan

2015 LPWA Special Event, Koblenz, Germany

2014 LPWA Special event, Lanzhou, China

2014 LPWA Special event, New Town Plaza, Hong Kong

2014 LPWA Special event, Aubervilles, France

2014 Krakow Photomonth Festival, Main Programme, Krakow, Poland

2013 LPWA World Exhibition, Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris, France

2013 LPWA Special event, G8 Gallery, Moscow, Russia

2013 International Light Painting Show, Techfest, Mumbai, India

2012 LPWA World Exhibition, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia

2012 URBE Rigenerazione Urbana, Torino, Italy

2012 Helsinki Underground Art Weekend, Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki, Finland

2010 Fotox1000, Rome, Italy

2010 Floydfest, Virginia, USA

2010 10th Anniversary Exhibition of Hyvinkää Art School, Hyvinkää, Finland

2010 Exhibition of the Finnish Art Association, Järvenpää Art Museum, Finland

2010 The Art of Basware – Competition for young artists , Sanomatalo, Helsinki, Finland

2009 Gallery 4-kuus, Helsinki, Finland

2008 Anniversary Exhibition, Artists Association of Järvenpää,  Finland

2007 Artists Association of Järvenpää, Järvenpää House, Finland

2007 Kuumaa taidetta, Kerava Art Museum, Finland

2006 Gallery 4-kuus, Helsinki, Finland 2006 Sanomatalo, Helsinki, Finland

2006 Artists Association of Järvenpää, Järvenpää House, Finland

2005 Culture Hall, Jogeva, Estonia

2005 Artists Association of Järvenpää, Järvenpää House, Finland

2005 Finnish Artists Association, Art Factory, Porvoo, Finland

2004 Anniversary Exhibition of the Nordic Art Association in Finland, Rantakasarmi, Suomenlinna

2003 Graduation Exhibition of Hyvinkää Art School, Cable Factory, Helsinki, Finland

2003 Artists Association of Järvenpää, Järvenpää House, Finland


Public Performances

2018 Lux Festival, Senaatintori, Helsinki, Finland

2013 Valokarnevaalit, Linnanmäki, Helsinki, Finland

2013 Lux Helsinki, Finland

2013 Media Facades Festival, Helsinki, Finland

2012 Valotulitus, Meilahti Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland

2012 Lumous festival, Kerava, Finland

2012 Behave energy effeciency conference, Helsinki, Finland

2012 Valojen Yö, Hamina Bastion, Finland

2012 Oulu Music Video Festival, Oulu, Finland

2012 Media Facades Festival, Helsinki, Finland

2012 Helsinki World Design Capital, Children’s light art workshop, Annantalo, Helsinki, Finland 2012 Etkot, Kiasma Museum of Modern Art, Helsinki, Finland

2012 Lux Helsinki, Finland

2011 Dazed and Confused Film Festival, London, England

2011 Action!, Seattle, USA

2011 Valon vuodenaika, Helsinki, Finland

2011 Tuusula Night of the Arts, Tuusula, Finland

2011 Reikäreuna short film festival, Orivesi, Finland

2011 Finland House, Saint Petersburg, Russia

2010 Kinos short film festival, Lahti, Finland



2011 Paris Cité, France



2013 AVEK The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture

2012 AVEK The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture

2012 AVEK The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (Product development award)

2005 City of Järvenpää



2018 Artist workshop, Look.Learn.Do, Shanghai, China (03/2019)

2017 Samuli Kemppi -Pouring Over, music video, director: Juha Forsander

2017 Pohjoinen enkeli -documentary, Director:Jean Michel Roux, Making Movies, Finland

2017-, administrator

2017 Guerrilla Lighting -valoteos (with Jukka Laine), Talvivalkeat, Valkela, Finland

2016 Isäni tähtien takaa –documentary, Director: Einari Paakkanen,Pohjola Films, Finland

2016 Duggal Select Artists, Duggal Visual Solutions, USA

2014 Adobe Remix, Adobe Systems Inc, USA

2014 Product photography, Olight, USA

2014 Von Herzen Brothers – Flowers and Rust, Music video, director: Veera Tyhtilä



Lightpainting paradise

Olight, USA

Lytro Corporation, Lytro Professional Shooter Program (PSP)

Glowcompany UK

Herramientas Light Painting

Graphic novels:

2017 Shoegazing, 427 pages (self published)

2018 Post Man, 127 pages


Publications (selected)

2018 Mastering Long Exposure, Ammonite Press, UK

04/2016 Digital Camera Magazine, UK

03/2016 Duggal Artists' Book, Duggal Visual Solutions, USA

07/2015 Night Photography and Light Painting, Focal Press USA

11/2014 Highlike book, SESI Publishing, Brazil

9/2014 BOB - International Magazine of Space Design, issue 122, Korea

8/2014 The National Geographic Yearbook 2015, Pedigree Books, USA

6/2014 Metro Helsinki, Finland

5/2014 Miesiac Fotografii w Krakowie 2014 - Re:Search, Poland

3/2014 Fotografe Melhor, Brazil

3/2014 Voima, Finland

2/2014 The Art of Tinkering, Exploratium Museum, USA

12/2013 Helsingin Sanomat, Finland

10/2013 Folha Opiniao, Brazil

10/2013 Metro Montreal, Canada

10/2013 Liberation, France

10/2013 National Geographic: Ultimate Weird But True 2 -book, USA

5/2013 Kamera-lehti, Finland

4/2013 National Geographic Magazine (worldwide editions)

11/2012 Ripley's Believe It or Not 2013

5/2012 Science & vie dècouvertes, France

1/2012 Photo & Video, Russia

1/2012 Bizmode, China

12/2011 Komposti Street Magazine, Finland

9/2011 National Geographic Kids, USA

9/2011 World of Design/Wuxi Design, China

6/2011 L+D, Brazil

5/2011 Kirkko ja Kaupunki, Finland

4/2011 The Score, Malaysia

3/2011 I Want You, USA

3/2011 Sciences & Vie Découvertes, France

3/2011 The View, Germany

2/2011 The Sun, United Kingdom

12/2010 Phototech, France

12/2010 Kameralehti, Finland


Web Publications (selected)


Der Spiegel


flickr blog

2010 - present

2010 - present

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