Kaj Ard Söderholm was born in Kimito, an island in Southwest of Finland. Despite his interest for art throughout his childhood he was not encouraged to become an artist.
After some years of teaching Kaj traveled around the world. It was during this period 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. After sharing his time between painting, illustrating and teaching he then hosted his private exhibition in Helsinki, which received overall good reviews. 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
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, Hanko
2002 Regina Gallery, Turku
1988 Kaivopuisto Gallery, Helsinki
2020 Gumbostrand Konst & Form, Sipoo
2019 Wiurila Summer, Salo
2016 Artika Gallery, Helsinki
2010 Colorida Gallery, Lisbon – Portugal
2009 Opera Gallery, Budapest – Hungary
2008 Marsiart Gallery, Hamburg – Germany
2007 JMA Gallery, Wien – Austria
1994 Neliö Gallery, Oulu
1994 Kapriisi Gallery, Kuopio
1990 Suomi Gallery, Stockholm – Sweden