Kristoffer Ala-Ketola has anchored his visual art practice in the dark milieu of uncertain forms of existence. Interest in the formation of identities melts into the genre of portraiture and gives way to a stew of new and unknown characters, and Ala-Ketola marks these personas with the grotesque, camp, queerness, and absurdist humor to fixate on the liminal edges between the fantastical and human. 

Kristoffer Ala-Ketola is a multidisciplinary artist from Oulu, Finland who graduated from Yale School of Art with a Master of Fine Arts in 2019. His works have been previously exhibited in 4th Ward Project Space in Chicago, Shin Gallery in New York, and Kunsthalle Helsinki, and he has also participated in video screenings at the Helsinki International Film Festival and Video Art Festival Turku. Ala-Ketola’s work engages in recurring themes of human emotion, crisis, and dreaming.
Kristoffer Ala-Ketola
b. Oulu, Finland, 1991
email: kristofferalaketola at
Selected Exhibitions
TBA, Tallinn, EE
Nuoret 2023, Kunsthalle Helsinki, FI

Auguries, Kunsthalle Turku, FI
Infatuation with the Never Ending Past, Solstice Festival, Ruka Kuusamo, FI
Impulses Pass Darkly, AX-Hotel, Helsinki, FI
Infantasy, Forum box Mediabox, Helsinki, FI
Dreams & Delusions, 4th Ward Project Space, Chicago, IL, US
The Mud Held Me In..., Light-harvesting Complex, Online exhibition
Too Full To Cry, Shin Gallery, New York City, NY, US
MFA Sculpture Thesis Show, Green Hall Gallery, New Haven, CT, US
Portrait of the Finnish President, Ateneum, Helsinki FI
VAFT, Video Art Festival Turku, Turku, FI
Love & Anarchy, Helsinki International Film Festival, Helsinki, FI 
2nd year MFA Show, Yale Green Hall Gallery, New Haven, CT, US
Kun katsoit minuun, Magyar Kulturális és Tudomán…, Helsinki, FI
1st Year MFA Show, Yale Green Hall Gallery, New Haven, CT, US 
Finland 100 - Critical Map, Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki, FI 
Opening Ceremony for the University of the Arts, Helsinki, FI 
Närmare Borta, Kungliga kunsthögskolan, Stockholm, SE 
We’ve been having these weird…, Space for Free Arts, Helsinki, FI 
Budapest, Taskugalleria, Helsinki, FI 
Selected Parts of My Diary, Fondia, Helsinki, FI 
BFA show, Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki, FI 
Bots, Bodies, Beasts, Vlaams Cultuurhuis, Amsterdam, NL 
Techniques of Delusion, Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki, FI 
Friendship screening, Battell House, Norfolk CT, US 
I miss you forever and ever Norway xoxo, Blip blip blip, Leeds, UK 
Kristoffer Ala-Ketola TBH, Asematila, Helsinki, FI 
Pocket Gallery, Pocket Gallery, Reykjavík, IS 
Young Artists 2015, Kunsthalle, Helsinki, FI 
After Nature, Nordic Artists’ Center Dale, Dale i Sunnfjord, NO 
⌷⌷ ⌷⌷⌷ ⌷⌷ ⌷⌷⌷⌷, Normcritical Gallery, Helsinki, FI 
Friendship, Space for Free Arts, Helsinki, FI 
Sorbus video week, Sorbus Gallery, Helsinki, FI 
Video Works
Studies and Residencies
MFA 2019
Yale University – School of Art
New Haven, CT, US
BFA 2016
Taideyliopiston Kuvataideakatemia
Helsinki, FI
Study Exchange 2016
Gerrit Rietveld Academie
Amsterdam, NL
Summer Residency 2016
Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art
Norfolk, CT, USA
Residency 2016
EEA European Exchange Academy
Dale i Sunnfjord, NO
Grants and Scholarships
Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) Project Grant 2022
Paulo Foundation Grant 2022
Alfred Kordelin Foundation Grant 2021
Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) Grant 2021
Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) Grant 2020
Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) Grant 2020
Yale Teaching Fellowship 2018 
Yale School of Art Scholarship 2018
Nanny Lilius Stipend 2017
Yale School of Art Scholarship 2017
Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship 2016
Academy of Fine Arts Grant 2016
Academy of Fine Arts Grant 2015
Works in Collections
Harvard University
Office of the President of the Republic of Finland
University of the Arts Helsinki
Arts Association Finland
Private Collections  (FI, USA)
Selected Work Experience
Freelance Photographer


Art Handler
Gladstone Gallery

Freelance Preparator
Petzel Gallery

Freelance Preparator
Austrian Cultural Forum in New York

Office Support
Yale University – School of Art – Sculpture Department

Teaching Assistant
Yale University – School of Art
Introductory Film Writing and Directing

Teaching Fellowship
Yale University – Center for Engineering, Innovation, and Design

Digital Technology Studio Assistant
Yale University – School of Art – Sculpture Department

Artist Collaboration in an EU-Pilot
MEDAIA Media innovation platforms (TAMK, Metropolia)

Founding Member and Curator
Club Guggenheim Helsinki

Office help in Public Programmes
Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Kultu-group

Founding Member
Kulttuuribingo Gallery and Event Space