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Rita Vargas

Affection Adrift, 10.–28.7.2021

Galleria Becker

Affection Adrift is an art exhibition which represents Vargas’s ability to reconcile her Portuguese roots with Finnish cultural identity. Vargas has been living and working in Finland (Jyväskylä) for 11 years and moved to Helsinki in 2019 to found an atelier, Vargas Print Studio.


In her artistic practice, Vargas combines art history, memories from a post-colonial family and her impressions from the passage through European and Asian countries. Her living and travelling experiences influenced her aesthetic choices, bringing to the exhibition a collection of prints that reflect Vargas’s thoughts and reflections about absence, motherhood, family, travel, boundaries, belonging.

 “With Affection Adrift I try to silently bring a loud sensation of not being able to belong to a place, at the same time that familiarity is present. Perhaps it just came to tell that we are all one in the end. There is no you and me, there is not they and us, there is we. We all go through the same feelings, whether it is loneliness, or passion, whether it is sadness or anger, frustration or despair, solitude or overwhelming. It is through this fragile line that Affection Adrift tries to bring to the closest audience the need to rethink boundaries.”

Vargas’s Affection Adrift’s art exhibition will be open from 8th until 28th of July, at Galleria Becker, Jyväskylä Artists’ Association, Seminaarinkatu 28,

For more information, please visit the Artist's Association from Jyväskylä, Galleria Becker:


Kuvataiteilija Rita Vargasin Affection Adrift on toinen yksityisnäyttely 11 vuoden sisällä Galleria Beckerissä.

Affection Adrift on taidenäyttely, joka esittelee Vargasin kykyä sovittaa yhteen hänen portugalilaiset juurensa suomalaisen kulttuuri-identiteetin kautta. Vargas on asunut ja työskennellyt Suomessa (Jyväskylässä) yksitoista vuotta. Hän muutti Helsinkiin vuonna 2019 löydettyään ateljeen, Vargas Print Studion. Taiteellisessa tuotannossa Vargas yhdistelee taidehistoriaa, muistoja ja saamiaan vaikutteita matkoiltaan Euroopassa ja Aasiassa. Elämän ja matkustamisen tuomat kokemukset ovat vaikuttaneet hänen esteettisiin valintoihinsa, joita on nähtävillä näyttelyyn valituissa teoksissa. Teoksista heijastuu Vargasin ajatuksia poissaolosta, äitiydestä, perheestä, matkustamisesta, rajoista ja kuulumisesta.

“With Affection Adrift I try to silently bring a loud sensation of not being able to belong to a place, at the same time that familiarity is present. Perhaps it just came to tell that we are all one in the end. There is no you and me, there is not they and us, there is we. We all go through the same feelings, whether it is loneliness, or passion, whether it is sadness or anger, frustration or despair, solitude or overwhelming. It is through this fragile line that Affection Adrift tries to bring to the closest audience the need to rethink boundaries.”

Vargasin näyttely, Affection Adrift, on avoinna 10.–28.7.2021 Galleria Beckerissä, Jyväskylän Taiteilijaseura, Seminaarinkatu 28, 40100 Jyväskylä. Galleria on avoinna tiistaista perjantaihin klo 12–17, lauantaisin klo 12–15 ja sunnuntaisin klo 12–16.

Galleria Becker: 040 824 3031 * * Avoinna ti–pe 12–17, la 12–15, su 12–16


Art Fair Suomi


We are happy to announce that Vargas Print Studio is part of the

Art Fair Suomi Goes Galleries Festival this year! 


Instead of one common venue, this year the festival AFS21 will highlight selected galleries and art communities that belong and enrich Helsinki metropolitan area, thus responding to the cultural thirst caused by corona pandemics in a safe and audience friendly way. 

For a week, visitors can immerse themselves in art experiences, meet the artists, discuss personally their processes, visit galleries, purchase artwork and see interventions produced specifically for the festival!

Admissions are all free! 

Vargas Print Studio is part of the selected artist-led project spaces and it will offer, besides open studio where visitors can purchase artwork directly from the artist,

two silkscreen workshops!

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For more detailed information about the festival, please visit the link


The joint opening of the festival will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.


Vargas Print Studio is now an official Pop member of People of Print!

To read new article click here!

People of Print begun as a website in 2008, originally created by Marcroy Smith. As a directory of illustrators, designers and printers both creatively and commercially, its purpose is educating and inspiring. In 2013 it has been established as LTD, joining a team of art directors, project managers, graphic designers, illustrators and printmakers based in London office and across the globe.

People of Print is composed by an unique creative community who enjoy working with brands, companies and educational institutions to execute fresh and impressive campaigns, create media partnerships and put on events.

Vargas Print Studio is grateful for being part of it! We shall inspire!

Guest Artist 2021
Egle Oddo

Egle has been working at the studio with her recent project "Performative Habitats". In Egle's artwork, there is a sensitivity connected with the origins of life. Questionning its beginnings, Egle dives deep into the initial shapes of a plant, a seed, a colour, a scent. In a trans-disciplinary research, Egle brings alive visions in ways never seen before at the studio. For that we are grateful to be part of her unique force of Nature, born out of an natural expressive artist, performer, researcher, curious and beautiful mind. As mentioned by the latest articles published in Zagreb GMK Gallery, Egle's body of work is focused "on plant seeds seen as elements asserting their way through the relations inter-species and vital balances regulating the biosphere."

The series developed at the studio have been showned at Zagreb GMK Gallery in November and December 2020. In Italy, the prints will belong to the collection of the Botanical Garden of Rome.   



Egle Oddo has completed a MA in Painting from the Fine Arts Academy of Palermo, Italy. Since 2005 the artist lives and works in Finland. Egle is a board member of Myymälä Gallery.


* COVID-19 *

Studio is open again for clients who wish to print or learn new skills.

We provide sterilizing gel and use masks during workshops.

You can also bring your own gel and your own mask.

Do not come if you feel ill or sick.

Studio is open on appointment. Please call 0452215100.


  • Polymer photogravure workshop
    pe 20. marrask.
    Ouluntie 3
    20. marrask. 2020 klo 17.00 – 21. marrask. 2020 klo 20.30
    Ouluntie 3, Ouluntie 3, 00550 Helsinki, Finland
    Through this method you can print your photographs or your drawings with high quality results. UV light is used to transfer the image onto the plate and its development will be done with water. You will be able to match your plate with your original photograph and to print it on the etching press!
  • Helsinki Design Week 2020
    Helsinki Design Week 2020
    to 03. syysk.
    Ouluntie 3
    03. syysk. 2020 klo 10.00 – 05. syysk. 2020 klo 17.00
    Ouluntie 3, Ouluntie 3, 00550 Helsinki, Finland
    Inspired by Finnish nature with a pinch of Portuguese soul, Vargas brings to your home simplicity and passion. Exclusive and limited edition artworks created with traditional methods of printing can only be found at Vargas Print Studio, the heart of fine arts on paper. Welcome!
  • Cyanotype Workshop
    ke 12. elok.
    Ouluntie 3
    12. elok. 2020 klo 10.00
    Ouluntie 3, Ouluntie 3, 00550 Helsinki, Finland
    Learn how to make your unique blue print with ultraviolet light (or directly from the Sunlight) at Vargas Print Studio flourishing garden! Bring a friend and have some fun!
  • Bite-Sized Drypoint / Kuivaneula Workshop
    03. maalisk. 2020 klo 17.00 – 12. toukok. 2020 klo 20.00
    Ouluntie 3, Ouluntie 3, 00550 Helsinki, Finland
    Using aluminium plates you will be shown how to express images through different markmaking techniques. Drypoint has a singular quality, giving strong and raw lines. You will develop your image through different stages on this one-day taster course, and come out with a handful of prints.
  • Lino Card-Making / Linopiirros Workshop
    02. maalisk. 2020 klo 17.00 – 11. toukok. 2020 klo 20.00
    Ouluntie 3, Ouluntie 3, 00550 Helsinki, Finland
    This course will teach you how to transfer an image onto a piece of lino, along with cutting and printing techniques. Using oil-based inks, you will then produce a small edition of one colour lino cut cards, perfect for sending out to friends and family.
  • Screen Printing / Seri - ja Silkkipaino Workshops
    21. helmik. 2020 klo 17.00 – 03. toukok. 2020 klo 16.00
    Ouluntie 3, Ouluntie 3, 00550 Helsinki, Finland
    Learn the processes involved in translating drawings and photographs into a screen print. This workshop is perfect for anyone with an interest in screen printing, either beginners or those who want to build upon any existing skills. All materials and equipment provided.
  • Design Markets
    la 23. marrask.
    Location is TBD
    23. marrask. 2019 klo 11.00 – 22. jouluk. 2019 klo 18.00
    Location is TBD
    Hi! Next Vargas Print Studio Pop-up Shop is on! ⚡️ Here you can find the next dates & places where you can purchase hand printed original silkscreen, relief and intaglio prints for Christmas & Family art collection! There will also be ceramics and new art objects - Stay tuned! 💛
  • Vargas Print Studio Pop Up
    la 09. marrask.
    Kulttuuritehdas Korjaamo
    09. marrask. 2019 klo 11.00 – 10. marrask. 2019 klo 17.00
    Kulttuuritehdas Korjaamo, Töölönkatu 51 A–B, 00250 Helsinki, Finland
    Hello! Only few days left to Korjaamo Design Market where you can find me at table n.10! I will be filled with original handpulled silkscreenprints, edited and signed by the artist, limited edition bags and some surprises! Welcome!
  • Flash Printmaking Workshops
    la 12. lokak.
    Ouluntie 3
    12. lokak. 2019 klo 11.00 – 31. lokak. 2019 klo 16.00
    Ouluntie 3, Ouluntie 3, 00550 Helsinki, Finland
    Vargas Print Studio offers flash workshops in October for those who are new to printmaking as well as professional development for more experienced printmakers and artists! Get your place because it is limited to 2 people p/ workshop!
  • Helsinki Design Week
    ti 24. syysk.
    24. syysk. 2019 klo 11.00 – 15.00
    Kaapelitehdas, C 15, Tallberginkatu 1, 00180 Helsinki, Finland
    Welcome to the next POP-UP SHOP: Print Market at Helsinki Design Week! The largest design event will once again take over Kaapelitehdas between 7th and 8th of September 2019!

Past Events

Helsinki Design Week

The event was part of Helsinki Design Week’s programme. Founded in 2005, Helsinki Design Week is the largest design festival in the Nordic countries. Held annually in September, the multidisciplinary festival presents design from a number of fields including fashion, architecture and urban culture. The festival dates are 5–15 September 2019. Helsinki Design Week is produced by the design service agency Luovi Productions Ltd. 

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Finally after almost a year of negotiations, changes, construction, repairs, recycling, planning, reflections, calculations and risks, VARGAS PRINT STUDIO officially opens its doors to the public. Everything is ready in order to start another dream, another step in a new city with new people and new beginnings. Many steps still lay ahead, but little by little everything will start to get shape...with your support, your smile.

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Guest artist 2019
Tiitus Petäjäniemi

This is one of the prints made at Vargas print Studio during July (2019) by the first guest artist Tiitus Petäjäniemi (b. 1983).


Petäjäniemi's simple and sensitive artworks related with Finnish culture, humour, introversion feelings towards mundane situations associated with isolated winter activities, will be exhibited next winter at Mikkeli Art Museum. In Petäjäniemi's words,

“I made couple different ideas, right now my favourite of them are series called ice fishers, its 20 prints of black and white characters doing ice fishing.”


Tiitus Petäjäniemi is a fine artist working with painting, photography and printmaking. Petäjäniemi finished his Master in Fine Arts in 2016 by the Arts University in Helsinki.