Nissa Kauppila


Nissa Kauppila was born and raised in the small, rural town of Monkton, Vermont, USA. She holds both a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an M.Ed. from the University of Vermont. 

Expanding on her sense of curiosity, while exploring the unsettling and concrete, Kauppila has found painting the nature of flight and life a rewarding exercise in rediscovery. 

Her immersion in Chinese traditional art has awakened a sense of detail and fragility; her work explores the use of line and color as tendrils of tension while embodying a sense of wonderment for the natural and industrial worlds. Kauppila reaches beyond perception and disintegrates her subjects in ways that are not actual in her works in traditional Chinese watercolor and ink on traditional Chinese rice paper. 

She challenges the notion of context, forcing the viewer to confront the abrupt beauty of life and death through the explosive movements in color, line and depth.  

Her paintings have been showcased internationally, in Macau, Hong Kong, New York, London, Singapore, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hamburg, Taipei, South Korea, and Guangzhou in the last few years. with current exhibitions and representation in Vermont, New York City, Barcelona, China, and Singapore.



Artist Bio

1982
Born in Burlington, Vermont
Currently painting in Shenzhen, China and North Carolina, USA
                                   

Education

2012   M.Ed. --Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Vermont, Burlington VT, USA
2005  BFA--Bachelor of Fine Arts (Major in Film, Animation, Video), Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Selected Exhibitions

2018

Affordable Art Fair Singapore, Miaja Gallery, Singapore

A Private Vernissage Group Exhibition, Miaja Gallery, Singapore

Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong, Miaja Gallery, Hong Kong

Affordable Art Fair London, Artered Gallery, London

Serene Chaos, Solo Exhibition, IINNOO Gallery, Shanghai

Occuring, Female Group Exhibition, IINNOO Gallery, Shanghai

2017

Scape Vogue, Joint Exhibition, Blanc Art Gallery, Macau, China

Affordable Art Fair (AAF) Hamburg, Artered Gallery, Hamburg, Germany, November

Nissa Kauppila, Artered Gallery, Barcelona, Spain

Static Suspensions, Solo Exhibition, Amanda Wei Gallery, Hong Kong

Tales From China: Nissa Kauppila, Miaja Gallery, Singapore

Affordable Art Fair New York City, Artered Gallery, New York City, NY, USA

Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong, Miaja Gallery, Hong Kong

Wings of a Woman, Joint Exhibition Miaja Gallery, Fullteron Hotel Singapore, Singapore

Shanghai Tang Fashion Show Jardin Orange Gallery, Shenzhen, China

Nissa Kauppila, Jardin Orange Gallery, Shenzhen, China

 

2016

Holiday Exhibition, Nissa Kauppila, Miaja Gallery, Singapore

Asia Contemporary, Nissa Kauppila, KF Gallery, Hong Kong

A Fleeting Moment: When East Meets West, Solo Exhibition Nissa Kauppila Above Second Gallery, Hong Kong

Featured Artist Nissa Kauppila, Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong, KF Gallery, Hong Kong

Affordable Art Fair (AAF) Seoul, KF Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

Affordable Art Fair (AAF) Taipei , KF Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

Nissa Kauppila, KF Gallery, Shenzhen, China

Nissa Kauppila, Westbranch Gallery, Stowe, VT, USA

 

2015

Nissa Kauppila, Shenzhen Contemporary Art Fair, KF Artspace, OCT, Shenzhen, China

Artistic Stone Exhibition: Nissa Kauppila and Justin Y, D2 Place Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong

Nissa Kauppila, Kiwisual, Guangzhou, China

Flight: Explorations in Movement, Migration, and Freedom Westbranch Gallery, Stowe, VT, USA

Nissa Kauppila, KF Artspace, OCT, Shenzhen, China

Nissa Kauppila, All Souls Gathering Gallery, Shelburne, VT, USA

Nissa Kauppila, Westbranch Gallery, Stowe, VT, USA, USA

Nissa Kauppila, Burlington City Arts, Burlington, VT, USA

Nissa Kauppila, Dosti Brothers, Burlington, VT, USA

Menagerie: Animals in Art, Westbranch Gallery, Stowe, VT, USA

Nissa Kauppila, Burlington City Arts, Maltex Building, Burlington, VT, USA

Nissa Kauppila, Westbranch Gallery, Stowe, VT, USA

 

 

2014

Cradle and All, METRO Gallery, Burlington, VT, USA

Nissa Kauppila, Opening Reception and Exhibition, Westbranch Gallery, Stowe, VT, USA

Nissa Kauppila, Edgewater Gallery, Middlebury, VT, USA

Nissa Kauppila, Tao Studio, Burlington, VT, USA

Nissa Kauppila, Burlington City Arts Exhibition, Marriott Hotel, Burlington, VT, USA

Nissa Kauppila, Burlington City Arts Exhibition, Burlington International Airport, South Burlington VT, USA

Nissa Kauppila, Burlington City Arts Exhibition, Logic Supply

 

2013  

Affordable Arts Fair, Chelsea Tunnel, New York, NY

People’s Choice and Juried Winners Artist Show, SEABA Gallery, Burlington, VT, USA

Inaugural Exhibit: This to That, Alpers Fine Art Gallery, Andover, MA

Juried Artist Show, curated by Pavel Zoubok, SEABA Gallery, Burlington, VT, USA

Show Your Independence, SEABA Gallery, Burlington VT, USA

 

2012

In the Trees, Edgewater Gallery, Middlebury, VT, USA

People’s Choice and Juried Winners Artist Show, SEABA Gallery, Burlington, VT, USA

Juried Artist Show, SEABA Gallery, Burlington, VT, USA

 

 

Selected Publications

2013

“Artistic License: Nissa Kauppila” SevenDays, Vol 19 No. 9, Burlington, VT, USA. Print and Online

“Sharing the Land.” Sage Magazine Vol VII 2013, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Sciences: New Haven CT, p. 94-95. Print

“An Art Fair for Everyone.” Art in Limbo Blog. Online www.artinlimbo.com

“Summer Issue” Thread Magazine, Issue 6, Burlington, VT, USA. Print

“The Face of the Skate Park: Spring” Thread Magazine, Issue 5, Burlington, VT, USA. Print

“Deep Winter” Thread Magazine Issue 4, Burlington, VT, USA. Print

 

Selected Interviews/Reviews

2013

Regional Education Television Network (RETN). “Artist Series: Meet and Greet” RETN, Burlington VT, USA, broadcast Sept. 9th 2013

Knustson, Andrew. “Art in Limbo: An Art Fair For Everyone.” Online Publication, http://www.artinlimbo.com/2013/10/09/an-art-fair-for-everyone/ Oct. 9th 2013

Residency Programs

2015

Da Wang Culture Highland, Luohu, Shenzhen, China. June 7th-Sept. 3rd

Kiwisual at ArtExco, Guangzhou, China. Sept. 3rd-current

Selected Grants/Awards

2014

Vermont Commons Alumni Founders Award, South Burlington VT, USA

 

2013  

People’s Choice Award, SEABA Art Hop, Burlington VT, USA
2nd Place Creative Competition #19, Burlington, VT, USA

1st Place Creative Competition #17, Burlington, VT, USA

2012

People’s Choice Award, SEABA Art Hop Burlington VT, USA
1st Place Creative Competition #5, Burlington, VT, USA