Kai Kartio, born in 1961, graduated in Art History from University of Helsinki. He worked at the Old Masters Department of the Finnish National Gallery from 1991 to 1999 and was director of Turku Art Museum in 1999—2001. From 2001 to 2017 he was the director of Amos Anderson Art Museum in Helsinki. Kartio is now heading Amos Rex, the major new art museum in Helsinki. Amos Rex opened in August 2018.