Ville Kansanen was born in Espoo, Finland in 1984. Although an autodidact, he briefly studied photography in the Glasgow School of Art before moving to the United States to pursue a career as an artist in 2008.
In 2013, he produced a series of conceptual photographic works titled The Procession of Spectres, garnering exhibitions and publication internationally. In 2015, he won the International Photography Award as Fine Art Photographer of the year and won a Lucie Award for Discovery of the Year.
Kansanen is represented by Galerie Hiltawsky in Berlin, Germany. He lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.