Klaus Welp is a Helsinki based designer, photographer and filmmaker with Finnish and German nationalities. He has studied at the Aalto University (Helsinki, Finland), at the University of Veracruz Faculty of Plastic Arts (Xalapa, Mexico) and at the Berlin University of the Arts (Germany).
When living for four years in Mexico he founded the cultural gallery and bar ”Tabu” and produced there exhibitions, dance-, theatre- and live-music performances. After his stay in Mexico he was involved in trading vintage design and motorcycles and made a comeback to visual arts.
Welp worked for eight years (2005-2003) as art director and photographer for the magazine ”Voima” and it’s e-zine ”Fifi”. During that period he also lead the parody advertisement collective ”Adbusters Finland”, publishing monthly subverts in the Voima-magazine and in the web. The project culminated in the book and exhibition ”Louserit Vuittuun” and was also awarded with the Salli Journalism Award.
Welp has teached illustration and culture jamming at the Aalto University (Department of Graphic Design and Photography) and the University of Tampere (Department of Journalism and Mass Communication) as well as at the University of Applied Sciences in Kauniainen.
He has contributed to all major Finnish newspapers and magazines, and has designed over 60 stamps for the national postal service in Finland. He is currently working as a full time freelancer and artist from his Helsinki office in the former mental institute of Lapinlahti.
Welp has also broadened into film; in september 2016, the Love & Anarchy - Helsinki International Film Festival Trailer has its premiere. The shortfilm that was shot in Mexico is produced, filmed and edited by Klaus Welp, with the music and cast by accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen.
A documentary film about a peculiar building prosess of a "3D-Camera-Obscura-Paddlewheel-Catamaran” is under progress and filmed in Finland, Estonia and Latvia 2016, coming out 2018.
Languages: Finnish, English, German, Swedish and Spanish
Klaus Welp | +358(0)505880133 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.welp.fi