Hans – Christian Berg

Biography

Hans-Christian Berg was born in 1971 in Espoo, not far from Helsinki. He lives and works in Inkoo, a town on the southern coast of Finland. He studied sculpture at the Helsinki Art Academy and from 2002 to 2004 followed the ceramics and glass programme at the Academy of Art and Design in Helsinki (currently Aalto University).
In 2002 he co-founded the artist collective LASIKOMPPANIA in the Finnish glassblowers’ village of Nuutajärven, which strives to preserve the Finnish tradition of ceramics and glass art.

Hans-Christian Berg creates spatial objects of different, often transparent and reflective materials. He is fascinated by observation and perception and, in his use of glass, acrylic and steel, he sets the observation in motion, as it were. Especially through the manipulation of light and reflection, he plays with optical illusions and challenges the boundaries of observation. In this sense his work can be felt as an intensely sensory experience.

He also regularly incorporates his interest in calligraphy into his spatial compositions, so that also through this graphic element observation acquires additional layers.

Hans-Christian Berg has won numerous awards and his work is included in the permanent collections of several Finnish museums. In 2007 he received Finland’s Young Artist of the Year award.