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Tomi Dufva


Who is this?

Who is this?

Visual artist, Art educator, Tinkerer, Programmer. Right now also doing my doctoral studies on code literacy at Aalto-University, the school of Arts, Design and Architecture. For more info see my blog thispagehassomeissues.com

I was born in the summer of 1977. For a long time I wanted to be an airplane pilot. I ended up as an artist and as an art educator. It’s almost better than being an airplane pilot.

Curriculum Vitae

I am also the co-founder of Käsityökoulu (Art & Craft School) Robotti


My artistic background is in painting. I love painting. I am skilled inmany painting techniques including: watercolor, oil color, acrylic and tempera. For the last years I have used watercolors and dyes in my own artistic work: I like the immediacy and almost Zen like attitude of watercolor: Whatever is, is.

The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through.
– Jackson Pollock

Read my study on Painting as language

ICT in Education

I have teached information and communication technologies in schools from primary schools to universities and to municipalites. My main focus has been in new technologies, including tablets and smartphones. I have good skills on iOS and Mac OS -operating systems, deploying them and supporting them. My main focus is in pedagogical use of ICT together with new media, free software theories and media literacy.

There’s an old story about the person who wished his computer were as easy to use as his telephone.  That wish has come true, since I no longer know how to use my telephone.
– Bjarne Stroustrup

Creative Programming

I have specialized in creative programming, which I have taught for wide variety of audiences ranging from children to adults. Creative programming emphasises expression over functionality, allowing digital technologies to be used as artistic medium. At the same time creative coding focuses on gaining control of digital technologies by doing by hand. Creative coding enables us to learn how digital technologies work and why they work that way. With just a little skill it is possible to create wide variety of functional works, from interactive art installations to intelligent robots. The most important aspect is  in the gaining control of digital media, which might otherwise appear strange to us. I work with tools including: Arduino, Processing, Open frameworks, Javascript, Raspberry Pi, etc.

You can follow my research on creative coding from my blog or from twitter: @tomidufva

New Media

I have teached new media in various places. I am profient with many software & hardware tools including:


Final cut/ Adobe Premiere


WordPress& Squarespace&etc.


Processing & other creative code languages

Arduino, Raspberry Pi, others

Art theory & History

I am interested in different art theories and philosophies and have studied art history specializing in minimalism, chinese landscape paintings, Zen painting and in the history of  new media in art. I am very interested in color theories and composition theories. Everything from Goethe to Albers and law of golden mean to Klee and Kandinsky. I have found out that many of these theories are also useful in programming: It is as fun to utilize color theories in code art and it is as fun to break compostional rules in code as it is in painting.

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.
– Francis Bacon

Art Work

Art Work

selected art work


Exhibition with Matti Vainio in TM-gallery, Helsinki Finland 2017   French philosopher Bernard Stiegler has called technology […]


From the group exhibition “Läsnä / Present” in Tampere, Finland 2016 Tomi Dufva & Matti Vainio: drawing […]


FRACTALNOIA – 11 datasets you cannot believe just happened.   The collection of data is increasing exponentially and […]

Memories of Seppo

Memories of Seppo was an interactive installation made together with Kaarlo Kajalainen and shown in Aalto University’s […]


I have been fascinated with Ludwig Wittgenstein for a long time and have produced lot of different […]

Screen paintings

Screen paintings were large ink paintings on thin japanese paper and mounted on self made screens.


Collection of Zen circles, Enso’s. Made with self ground ink and painted on japanese paper.


Collection of my earlier works.

12 days of fruit bowl

Watercolor study on my fruit bowl, 2012

Pään takaa

“Pään takaa” was an solo exhibition in Gallery Å, in Turku Finland, 2012. It was an exhibition […]

Illuminated lakes

Illuminated lakes was an interactive art installation made together with Mikko Dufva depicting the chane in wateer […]

The Sun, The moon, Time and a donut

This was an solo exhibition held in TM-gallery at Helsinki, Finland in 2007.


Collaborative group exhibition together with, Marjatta Holma, Jaakko Karjula and Pessi Parviainen in Gallery Titanik, Turku, 2006.

Inhimillinen Jälki

Solo exhibition in Gallery Huuto in Helsinki, Finland 2006


Installations from the Exhibition “Leinikki”, held together with Tanja Koistila and Katri Sipiläinen at Kakelhallen, Marienhamn, Finland, […]

The Big Wheel

Photos from my installation “Big Wheel”




some places I have taught in

Visual arts

I have a degree in art education and have taught the whole range of visual arts from oil color techniques to interactive installations and sound art in various places.

Creative programming

I have teached creative programming both for children and adults in various places. From 2007 to 2011 I taught interactive art, electronics and programming for artists in artist association’s Muu’s Mediabase and afterward in several Universities in Finland. Courses include a wide range of subjects from making robots to interactive sound installations.

Muu Mediabase

Käsityökoulu Robotti

I am the Co-founder togeher with Roi Ruuskanen of Käsityökoulu Robotti. Robotti is an art and craft school focused on integrating science, tech and art together. Our aim is to empower children  through art and give them tools to act and express in digital world.

Käsityökoulu Robotti

Wearable electronics

I have given courses on wearable electronics and e-textiles in Aalto-university, as well as in universities in Helsinki, Turku and Tampere.

The course in Aalto arts was one of the first courses offered on wearable electronics in the univeristy. Me and Jukka Hautamäki were the main teachers and we were responsible of  both the content and teaching of the course. Course was a joint operation with artist’s association Muu and Aalto University’s Media Factory.

Wearable-course blog



Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.

– Plato

Contact info


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The fingers must be educated, the thumb is born knowing.

– Marc Chagall