Marja Lianko

sculpture and painting

studio : 20 Vernon Street, 7th Floor, studio #86
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  • Itu
    2017, bark, wood & mixed media, 8 x 6 x 6 inches
  • Bark #3
    2017, bark, mixed media on panel, 8 x 8 inches
  • Heat #3
    2017, bark, acrylic on panel, 8 x 8 x 2 inches
  • Heat #1
    2016, bark, acrylic on panel, 20 x 24 x 4 inches

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Much of my work evolves around personal symbolism, my growing up years in Finland, the life of an immigrant and trips abroad. 

Above all, the landscape of my childhood continues feeding my work. 

Through my images I repeatedly return to the vast forests of birches and pine trees, to the ten thousand lakes and the granite gardens of yesteryear. 


Marja Lianko was born in Helsinki, Finland. She is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University.

Her work has been exhibited in a number of local galleries and museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, the Fogg Art Museum, the DeCordova Museum, the Rose Art Museum, the Fuller Museum, and the Art Complex Museum. Recently two of her sculptures were exhibited at the Nicolaysen Museum in Casper, Wyoming and at the Albany Institute of History and Art in Albany, N.Y.

Marja has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, the Artists Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation.

Marja’s work is in the permanent collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, the DeCordova Museum, the Fogg Art Museum, as well as in numerous corporate and private collections.