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Vesa Peltonen BIO:


Vesa Peltonen has had a rewarding career only in art/design fields for over 35 years. Peltonen was born in Finland, and has lived most of his life in Canada. He is multi-faceted, working on his art, design, writing to music/composing. Presently he is a semi-retired Art instructor for University and College. His 2nd home is Toronto, Ontario where he resides part of his time. His inspiration has been north Ontario vast landscape, while Toronto is motivating, having art galleries represent him, and also corporate commissions to design opportunities. Peltonen attended Ontario College of Art, Toronto. Later he completed his Art & History degrees at University of Manitoba and Education degree at Lakehead University. He is also a qualified Guidance counselor.  


He started his art career early on, as Television Art Director to an Illustrator for an Ad agency. He has been represented by several art agents off & on since 1983, who gave his art wider exposure/sales in North America. He has exhibited globally, in some solo to group exhibitions. His artworks are in numerous international, private to corporate art collections. In 2001, the Ontario Arts Council, Toronto invited him a position of an Art Education Advisor, of a jury of 3, for art grant selecting.


Peltonen has been well known for many art commissions, especially serigraph prints for special events from sports, entertainment to environmental themes. He's created limited ed. prints for World Class sports events, from the 1981 World Jr. Hockey Championships to the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics. One highly notable occasion in his career was a special art commission, to commemorate renowned scientist, Dr. Jane Goodall's 30th anniversary of animal study. He met her in Toronto, had tea & chatted, before her Canadian speaking tour began, sponsored by Zoocheck Canada. He said, "It was a most memorable honour to create an artwork about her, meeting such a dedicated lady, who he'd known much about her since he was young." Peltonen is the only artist who's hand-done prints Dr. Goodall has co-signed.


Vesa Peltonen founded 'Global ArtXchanges' organization in 2009, with the purpose of helping needy youth worldwide in impoverished places to receive only proper art supplies, to countries like Nepal to Cameroon, with the help of regions' local organizers. 


He won the City of Thunder Bay annual 'Culture/Heritage Award'- 2006 in Visual Art, for his onging artistic work, volunteering, as giving support to emerging Native artists, & having his art give promotion to Thunder Bay various ways. Peltonen has written & given lectures focused on the topic of, "Art being very integral to all community's survival. His focus is on the fact, that, "creating Art, as for Public Spaces, is highly necessary, to enrich peoples' lives, it helps local economy, by partnering with the business sector. Art, thus helps a community grow, providing an enlivened vibrant environment to live in."



Vesa Peltonen  REVIEWS


- Vesa Peltonen/Artist ~ Review via 'LinkedIn' -   January 6, 2015


I have been observing your work for a while now; Vesa, [because you are wisely persistent on Linked-In]. Today I decided to take a closer look at your work via your website. As a life-long fine artist, I am very impressed with the style of painting you have developed. Naturally, we artists are constantly instructed to "follow the shapes" and that "detail kills a painting". As such, your abstracted style of depicting imagery works those precepts with great skill and visual effect. 

Very nicely done.


~Karl Bronk- Bronk Communication Productions, owner/art director, artist, Boston. Mass.




-'ART-ICLE' Blog/Review' ~ "Vesa Peltonen  Artwork & 'Global ArtXchanges" - March, 2011


~ Article Review by: 

Claudia MoscoviciNovelist-Writer /Fiction & Art criticism, Michigan, U.S.A.





-Thunder Bay Art Gallery Annual Auction – Contributed Art for 2019 Auction.

  [Peltonen has donated to their annual auctions, with his Art sold successfully, since 1989].

 - International Group Art Exhibit ~Altamira Gallery, Havana, Cuba, - with 3 other International invited artists - entered 3 artworks - [3 week show/artist talk - June, 2019]

 - Artwork Published in 4th-5th ed: -2017/’18 ‘Inspiration International Art Book’

 -Solo Art Exhibition-- ‘In Common’ Lounge/Gallery, Thunder Bay, ON [Sept./Oct.-2016]

  - Group Exhibition – Moniker Gallery, -Richmond St., Toronto, ON (2012)

-Self-Published Book - 'Culturally Submerged'-Journey of a White Rez Teacher' [2010] - a book about experiences as an Art Instructor, in a few Aboriginal Communities N.W.Ontario. 

 ~[ABOVE] Awarded - City of Thunder Bay 'Culture & Heritage Award’-for Visual Art'  [2006]

  Thunder Bay National Art Gallery -Thunder Bay, Ont. [Sept. / Oct., 2004] - Solo Art Exhibition -Major Regional Artist’s, Solo Exhibition Series – Theme: ‘Highway Fusion’

 - Advisor Juror for Ontario Arts Council -Toronto, ON, Canada- [2001] Asked to represent N.W. Ontario, as Jury Advisor to select best Art proposals for Ontario Arts Council ‘Education Grant Funding’ with 3 other art advisors.

 -Awarded ~ Artist in Residence’Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, [World Heritage Site]. Created workshops in Mixed Media & Creative Photography. Helped to raise funds with many

local artists for their new art gallery – [July/Aug. 2002]

Definitely Superior Art Gallery- Solo Exhibition -Thunder Bay, ON -Mixed Media Artworks [August 2002] 3 week showing.

- Co-ordinated Bi-National Art Exhibition - Collaborative Student Art Exhibition ~Palo Alto District School/L. Angeles & Pikangikum, ON, Art students [2001]

Solo Art Exhibition - Calgary, Alberta, Canada [1998]

- Won 'Best Painting' Award, at Thunder Bay Art Gallery, Regional Juried Exhibition [1994]






Canadian Embassy, Norway

Gifu, Gifu City Hall, Japan

Barcelona Olympic Sports Museum, Spain

Government of Newfoundland

Government of Manitoba,

Government of Ontario

Toronto Convention, Centre Main office

CBC Television, Toronto

Molsons' Beer -Head Office, Toronto

National Ballet of Canada -Main office, Toronto

Whistler Mountain Condominiums, British Columbia

Shell Canada- Western office, Winnipeg                                                           

Aquatic Museum/Pan Am Pool of Canada, Winnipeg

Royal Bank, Calgary, Canada

Bombardier Inc., Thunder Bay & Montreal, Canada

The Canada Games Complex, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Confederation College, Thunder Bay

City Hall, Thunder Bay

Lakehead University, Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay Telephone Head office

Dominion Motors, Thunder Bay,

Thunder Bay Family Dental Offices,Thunder Bay

Victoria Inn, Thunder Bay                                                                                                        Arline/Travelodge Hotel, Thunder Bay

Wing Construction Inc., Thunder Bay

Bay Street Credit Union, Thunder Bay

Balmoral Office Services, Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay Terminals Inc.,Thunder Bay







-1981:- Canada Summer Games,1981 - Commissioned to create 4 artworks,]capturing the essence of the Games], each printed to 150 limited edition serigraphs.                         

-1981:- Commission by Pan Am Pool Committee, Winnipeg, to create 4 artworks, each pertaining to Aquatic Sports, each were made into 25 signed serigraph limited prints.         

-1982: - Commission by Canadian Amateur Hockey Assoc., Ottawa, to create an artwork, commemorating Canada’s 1st Gold Medal win, in World Jr. Hockey Championships. 300 serigraphs for promotion/sales were printed and signed                     

-1982: - Commission to create an artwork relating to aquatics, for promoting the Aquatic Museum of Canada, Winnipeg. 250 poster reproductions were printed, sent worldwide to aquatic sports associations, and also given as gifts.                                                               

-1985:- Commission to create a commemorative art, for the opening of the renowned Thunder Bay Auditorium. Peltonen created an image of Karen Kain performing a Ballet pose. Karen Kain co-signed each of the 125 serigraphs                

-1986 - Commission to create artwork 6 artworks, made into 100 serigraph prints, for the Renewed Airline Hotel Rooms, Meetings to large Dining Rooms. Each artwork depicted a notable place/theme the ThunderBay area.                                                               

-1989::- Commission to create a w/c painting, made into 100 serigraph limited signed prints, to commemorate Canada’s victory in the World Women's Curling Finals.

-1989 - Co-designed 'the Merchant Marine Monument', Canada, in memory of the Merchant Marines in WWII, shipped arms to supplies across the ocean to Britain.            

-1989: - Peltonen won the Tender for the new Bombardier Inc. Building, Thunder Bay, to create 5 large murals, 5 paintings, on wall murals, special glass piece representing a Toronto GoCar train                   

-1991: Of NoteZoocheck Canada commissioned Peltonen to create an artwork commemorating Dr. Jane Goodall 30th year study of animals in their habitat. Dr. Goodall co-signed each of its , 200 serigraph prints, prior to her Canada speaking tour. For promotion & sale, Peltonen is the only artist, whose hand-done prints she has signed.

-1992: - Barcelona Summer Olympics. Commissioned to create glass sand carved designs for gift giving by the Barcelona Summer Olymppic Committee.                             

-1995: -Peltonen received the license to create 3 glass designs, sand carved artworks of 3 different skiers, gifts, for ‘The 1995 World Nordic Championships,Thunder Bay.           

-1997: -Peltonen was selected among 4 other artists to create original artworks for new Deluxe Executive Suites, Victoria Inn.                                                                         

-2002 -2009:- Peltonen was commissioned to create more artworks for Bombardier Inc. representing all coaches produced at the Thunder Bay plant, that were bought for varied places in N. America. They were created as same size/framed hung in their hallway   

-2010 - Peltonen was licensed to create & produce an artwork capturing the essence of baseball, for 'The World Jr. Baseball Championships',Thunder Bay, sold internationally.

-2016 - Designed a Commemorative Monument. dedicated to all the women and men that worked at CanCar Factory, WWII, [then called Fort William]. They built the top fighter-, the 'Hawker Hurricane' that were shipped to Britain in time, to fight along side the Spitfire. It will stand as a lasting unique monument structure for future generations to see at a Thunder Bay site.