Minna Kangasmaa live and work as a professional sculptor in Oulu in northern Finland. She received her BFA degree from the Lahti University of Applied Sciences in Finland. She is currently pursuing her MFA degree in Sculpture at the University of the Arts Helsinki in Finland. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums around Finland and in Europe. She is represented in both private and public collections including Finland State Art Collection and Oulu Art Museum Collection among others. She has also completed many public commissioned artworks. Kangasmaa has been the recipient of many grants and awards. In 2017 Finland State National Council for Visual Arts award five-year artist grant to Kangasmaa for professional artistic work. Minna Kangasmaa is one of the founders of Hildegard Project (HP), a group of German and Finnish artists who realized during the years 2008-2014 altogether 16 events and exhibitions, in which various international artists took part. Hildegard Project operates in different countries and communities in collaboration with artists and art organizations.
Minna Kangasmaa’s most recent series of works is called Systema naturae. It consists of sixteen (16) pieces that are large and multipart sculptures, reliefs and installations. A series of works Systema naturae brings under scrutiny interactions between human, society and nature, but also at the same time creates a wider network of referrals. By using conceptual tools to describe the sometimes contradictory relation of human and nature, Kangasmaa leads with small gestures to large and complex questions of art history and philosophy. Through clarifying, structuring and re-evaluating concepts and aspects related to the human relationship with nature the series of works deals with art's ability to describe the human relationship with nature truthfully. Concurrently with the above-mentioned the main subjects of the Systema naturae series is to comment on originality and authenticity associated with a work of art. Kangasmaa says her works are documentaries of a certain type. They transmit her thoughts about building meanings and about the connections between perception and cognition. She aspires to integrate levels of the visible, everyday actions and the invisible, more theoretical level. The works seek for a mutual surface with other productions of culture and thus link to the society of their era.