Esko Männikkö was born in 1959 in Pudasjärvi in the northern part of Finland. He lives and works in Oulu.
Solo exhibitions include presentations at Göteborgs Konstmuseum (2016); the Finsk-Norsk Kulturinstitutt, Oslo (2004); the Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg (1999); the Malmö Konsthall (1997); Portikus, Frankfurt/Main (1996); De Pont, Tilburg (1996) and Lenbachhaus, München (1996).
In 2008 he was awarded the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. The same year he presented Cocktails 1990-2007 at Millesgården in Stockholm, Kulturens Hus in Luleå and Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall in Arendal. He has taken part in numerous international exhibitions, including the Venice Biennial (2005); Kunsthalle zu Kiel (2005); Liverpool Biennal (2004); Shanghai Art Museum (2003); Yokohama Museum of Art (2000); São Paulo Biennial (1998) and Johannesburg Biennial (1997).