I'm a Creative Director living and working in Turku, Finland. The constantly evolving interest and love for visual culture and the urge to create have always driven me forward.

Since 2007 I've worked in and for design agencies and gained strong expertise in Creative Direction, UI/UX Design, and Brand Development. Together with numerous artistic and editorial projects, they enable me to have a diverse and unique approach to whatever design projects.

I'm currently working as a freelance Director and an Artist, I run an art journal and edit collage zine Cults of Life.

I'm always available to create visuals for any media.


Toombes is an art journal showcasing the contemporary visual culture with a strong focus on collage and mixed media art.
Founder, Editor
2016 —

Cults of Life is an irregularly published collage zine. With the 6 released issues so far the zine has showcased a 91 artists from 25 countries.
Founder, Editor
2014 —


Niko Vartiainen

Niko Vartiainen
Turku, Finland


Thank you!

— Group exhibitions

* VisualAids: Postcards from the edge, 2019 — New York, USA
International Weird Collage Show: Barcelona, 2016 — Barcelona, Spain
VisualAids: Postcards from the edge, 2016 — New York, USA
Applaudissement - Ausstellung, 2015 — Munich, Germany
Leo & Pipo: Imaginary portraits, 2015 — Paris, France
International Weird Collage Show: Brooklyn, 2014 — New York, USA
VisualAids: Postcards from the edge, 2014 — New York, USA
Conversation, Information, Communication, 2013 — Portugal
Horror Frost Art Exhipition, Halloween 2013 — Nelson, Canada
Scopophilia collage exhibition, 2013
Cheap art party 2011 — Turku, Finland

— Solo exhibitions

Some cuts never heal, 2016 — PUF, Turku, Finland
Untitled, 2016 — Galleria Jänis, Turku, Finland
All in all gone, 2015 — PUF, Turku, Finland

— Published works

* Oltre Collage #3: Innerself, Apr 2019
Sota, Mar 2018
Holiday in Mar a Lago, Sep 2017
Applaudissement #21, Jun 2017
Cults of Life #6: Cult Leaders, Jan 2017
Cults of Life #5: Thoughts, Jul 2016
Applaudissement #20, Apr 2016
Cults of Life #4: Haven, Jan 2016
Collage Collective Co: Annual 2015 Book, Dec 2015
Rivo Magazine #2, Dec 2015
Cults of Life #3: Private, Aug 2015
Applaudissement #19, Jun 2015
Cults of Life #2: The Beast, Mar 2015
Cults of Life #1: The Start, Aug 2014
Collage Collective Co: 50/50 Book, Jul 2014
Sunday #16, Jul 2014
Sweet Suede: Buddy Issue #3, Apr 2014
Sweet suede: Buddy Issue #2, Nov 2013

— Publications

Time Will Tell, Apr 2013 (Collage zine)

— Press, 2015 (Offline)
The Weird Show: Interview, 2014
The Weird Show: Artist feature, 2013