Roi Vaara is one of the most internationally recognized performance artist from Scandinavia. He was born in Moss, Norway 1953 form Finnish parents. He studied in the University of Art and Design, in Helsinki 1972-75 and in Jyväskylä University1976-77. Since 1988, Vaara has performed in Black Market International, a group of 12 artist from different countries and continents. He was awarded International Studio Program to Küntlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany 1997-98. He has presented about 300 different performances, that has taken place in more than 200 international exhibititons/festivals in 36 countries, among other things, also in Venice Biennal, Italy (2001, 2005), Havana Biennal (2004), and Manifesta 5, San Sebastian, Spain (2004). Vaara received the State Prize for Art from the Art Council of Finland in 2000 and Ars Fennica Prize from Henna and Pertti Niemistö Foundation in 2005. He lives and works in Helsinki, Finland.