Kaj Ard Söderholm was born in Kimito, an island in Southwest of Finland. Although interested in art he was not encouraged to become an artist. However, later during an 8 month trip around the world it became clear that he was going to devote his life to art.
He studied painting in the Gerlesborg School of Fine Art in the 1980s. In 1988 he was finally ready for his first private exhibition in Helsinki. This marked the beginning of his life as an artist.
Kaj spent 20 years living and exhibiting his art in an old orangery building in the outskirts of Helsinki. The setting was perfect for the artist, meaning he rarely exhibited elsewhere. He still, however, made several journeys to Latin America in the 1990s and 2000s. Faces and bodies painted in thin layers on wood depict his encounters from this time.
In the early 2000s he switched from oil painting to acrylic. Today Kaj Ard lives in Hanko where he also has his studio. His paintings have reverted back to abstracts. Structures found in nature, such as rough surfaces, lines and colors, serve as inspiration. The acrylic is often mixed with different materials to create desired textures.
The Gerlesborg School of Fine Art, Sweden 1984-1986
29.5-16.6 2021 Hera Gallery, Stockholm
2019 Ars Longa Gallery, Helsinki
2018 Red Conception Gallery, Helsinki
2015 Town Hall Gallery, Hanko
2014 Wohls Manor, Kirkkonummi
2011 South Gallery, Hanko
2005 Piirto Gallery, Helsinki
2002 Regina Gallery, Turku
1988 Kaivopuiston Gallery, Helsinki
2020 Gumbostrand Konst & Form, Sipoo
2019 Wiurila Summer, Salo
2016 Artika Gallery, Helsinki
2010 Colorida Gallery, Lisbon
2009 Opera Gallery, Budapest
2008 Marsiart Gallery, Hamburg
2007 JMA Gallery, Wien
1994 Neliö Gallery, Oulu – Kapriisi Gallery, Kuopio
1990 Suomi Gallery, Stockholm
1986 EXPOHJA, Fiskars – Finland