Sculptor Aaron Heino (b. 1977) was awarded with The Fine Arts Academy of Finland Prize in 2019. Heino is a versatile artist, whose production combines the use of classical materials with a casual depiction of everyday subject matters. The tradition of modern Finnish sculpture and design manifests itself, in particular, as influences drawn from free and organic shapes of nature. Heino’s oeuvre is, however, a version rooted firmly in the current moment: a futuristic, finished surface combined with a shape that evokes virtual and winding, yet fascinating 3D imagery. The result is a recognizable and unique aesthetic, a fresh outlook on tradition and a strong artistic expression that is tied strongly to the spirit of the age.