Klaus Welp is a Helsinki based visual artist with Finnish and German nationalities. He has studied at the Aalto University Helsinki, at the University of Veracruz Faculty of Plastic Arts Xalapa, Mexico and at the Berlin University of the Arts.
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 as the art director and photographer for the magazine ”Voima” and e-zine ”Fifi”. During that period he also lead the parody advertisement group ”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.
He has contributed to all major Finnish newspapers and magazines, and has designed almost 100 stamps for the national postal service in Finland. 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.
Welp works also with moving images; the festival-trailer for Love & Anarchy Helsinki Film festival shot in Mexico on land and underwater, the award-winning (One Point Four-Silver Medal in London and YDA-shortlisting) music video"Northern Lowland” shot on icy tramtrails in snowy Helsinki, the newest music video for the "Cleaning Women”-band just to mention some. Welp is currently working on a couple of documentaries.
Welp has been awarded multiple times both internationally and nationally for his work in illustration, graphic design, stamps and videos. He is currently working as a full time freelancer and artist from his Helsinki office in the former mental institute of Lapinlahti and just published a video ”Kaikkien Lapinlahti” to save the houses current activities.
Languages: Finnish, English, German, Swedish and Spanish
Klaus Welp | +358(0)505880133 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.welp.fi