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Kalevi Helvetti

Kalevi Helvetti is the alterego of guitarist Pertti Kurikka, from the Finnish punk band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät.

Kalevi Helvetti performs as a musician, stage performer, poet, writer and a visual artist. 

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About Kalevi Helvetti

People in the church listen to the organs playing… when the music stops the coffin starts to open slowly... it’s dark and all the people are afraid. They can hear a sceleton moving in the coffin, and see it coming in a light of death to scare the people of the church.

Dressed in a vampire outfit Kalevi Helvetti performs as a musician, visual artist and a poet. The artwork of Kalevi Helvetti is full of emotions. Although his work reflects inner anxiety and demons, it's filled with humor too. The pictures are inspired by the Bible and ghost trains.

Kalevi's work is available in Pertti's Choice Outsider Art Gallery and Agency.

His poetry works have been published by a Mexican publisher Editions Hungria

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Kalevi Helvetti is a unique performer

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Kalevi Helvetti:
The Illustrated Poetry Book

"The skeleton comes to visit
and can not sleep
anymore when the skeleton
comes to visit and

just gets coffee
and cake and
pertti's piss stinks

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"My art is about skeletons. I have seen a skeleton somewhere, that's why I am interested."

Kalevi Helvetti

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Born 1956

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Kalevi Helvetti kertoo kummitusjuttuja

December 2011

C-cassette (Hikinauhat)

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Kalevi Helvetti - illustrated poetry book.

August 2014

 Ediciones Hungria

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Kotimaan katsaus

November 2015

Compilation cassette (Haamu Records)
3 tracks from Kalevi Helvetti

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Kylmän joulun paluu
Return of the cold Christmas

December 2014

Compilation-CD/cassette (Sony Music / SOF / Maran kasetti Oy)
1 track from Kalevi Helvetti

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Musta paholaiskäärme ja muita enkeleitä

April 4. - 15. 2015

Personal exhibition (Made in Kallio)

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Mänttä Art Festival

June 12. - August 31 2016

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”Ihminen on hyvä asia”
"Human is a good thing"


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Skateboard design

June 2017

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Several live performances in Finland


Helsinki City Museum, Pertin Valinta Outsider art Gallery, Vantaa City Museum, private events, Art festivals, clubs

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Suomi Finland 101

2018 - 2019

Exbhibition in Vantaa Artsi. Curated by Jani Leinonen

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Inside Outside Finland

December 2018-2019

A virtual exhibition of Finnish Outsider Art, including Kalevi's Live Performance in Club Kuudes Linja, Helsinki.

Finnish premier of IOF Central library Oodi 5Dec18.

International premier at Outsider Art Fair  16Jan19 in Ace Hotel NYC

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New York Plague

April 24th - Sept 14th in Pertti's Choice Gallery Helsinki

Solo exhibition of Kalevi Helvetti New York Plague Collection, based on trip to New York City 2019.

"I woke up in the morning. After breakfast I drew some Plagues. We went to see Empire State Building and saw the beautiful city of America. If you step on Plague, it's not nice to have spots." 

Curator Pekka Elomaa. Kettuki's Artist of the Year Award- production in Pertin Valinta, Pertti's Choice Outsider Art Agency.

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June 12-Sept 8 Espoo Entresse

Kalevi Helvetti Art Work is exhibited in the 5th OBJEKTI exhibition presenting installations and Community Art in Espoo City Center Entresse area. Kalevi's Art work can be found around the OBJEKTI 6.0. Pop up Gallery area.

New York Plague Film in Kotka Arts

June 16- Aug 11

Kalevi Helvetti's latest Film was filmed in New York 2019 by Kalle Pajamaa. Premier in Kotka Art contemporary Art festival in summer 2019. Pertti's Choice production.

Pertti's Choice London pop up

7-10 August 2019 at Protein Studios, Shoreditch, London UK

Pertti's Choice popup introducing Kalevi Helvetti's New York Plague, We're Coming to Let's Go photography and Inside Outside Finland VR exhibition along with Kalevi's Workshop and Performance with UK based Artists. Production Finnish Cultural Institute in collaboration with Pertin Valinta, Finnish Embassy in London, EU2019 and multiple other partners.

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