Petra Sairanen is a Finnish-born artist living and working in Portland, Oregon. 



2003 M.F.A. Painting, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts

2001 Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Painting, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts

1995 B.F.A. Painting, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire,

Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, Presidential Scholar



2017 Oranj Studio, The Heartbreaking Necessity of Lying About Reality, and The Heartbreaking Impossibility of Lying About It, Portland, Oregon

2015 Oranj Studio, Kaamos,Portland, Oregon

2011 Helzer Gallery, Petra Sairanen, New Paintings, Portland, Oregon

2004 Nahcotta, Petra Sairanen: New Paintings, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

2004 The Weathervane Gallery, Petra Sairanen: Paintings, Brattleboro, Vermont

2003 Nahcotta, Paul Charles Pollaro and Petra Sairanen, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

2003 dkprojectART, States Of Quiet, Boston, Massachusetts

2003 Huntington Theatre, Midsummer Series, Boston, Massachusetts

2002 Commonwealth Gallery, Lappi: Midsummer Paintings, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts


2007-2018 Helzer Gallery, PCC Rock Creek Annual Faculty Exhibition, Portland, Oregon

2017 Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art, Passport PDX: Places Real and Imaginary, Portland, Oregon

2017 Cascade AIDS Project Auction Invitational, Portland, Oregon

2016 Oranj Studio, SLOW, Portland, Oregon

2016 Disjecta, Disjecta Auction, Portland, Oregon

2016 Cascade AIDS Project Auction Invitational, Portland, Oregon

2016 Diane Endres Ballweg Gallery, Luck of the Draw, Madison, Wisconsin

2014 Helzer Gallery, Show 32,Portland, Oregon

2012 Print Arts Northwest Gallery, Printmaking Today, Portland, Oregon

2011 Marylhurst University Art Gym, Perimeter: We Live Here Now, Portland, Oregon

2004 The Putney School, Faculty Exhibit, Putney, Vermont

2004 Nahcotta, Annual Drawing Exhibition, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

2003 dkprojectART, Inner Selections, Boston, Massachusetts

2003 Nahcotta, Group Exhibition, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

2003 Fuller Gallery, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts

2003 Rhode Island School of Design, Drawings, Providence, Rhode Island

2003 Fuller Gallery, Arches Biennial Print Exhibition, Boston, Massachusetts


RACC Portable Works Collection, Portland, OR

North Shore Children’s Hospital, Salem, Massachusetts

Children’s Hospital of Boston, Boston, Massachusetts

Astra Zeneca Pharmaceutical Company, Newton, Massachusetts

Portland Community College Rock Creek, Portland, Oregon

Boston University Fuller Collection, Boston, Massachusetts


2003 Esther B. and Alfred S. Kahn Award, $15,000 award for emerging artists

2002 Women Graduates’ Club Scholarship, Boston University

2001-2003 Constantin Alajalov Scholarship, Boston University

1998 Vermont Studio Center Scholarship

1995 Malcolm and Virginia Smith Prize for Excellence in figurative painting


2017 Willamette Week, Jennifer Rabin, January 2017

2014 Studio Visit, Volume 28, Open Studios Press