Born 27.1.1975 Germany
“My paintings begin with a kind of action painting that really gives Me no idea what may come at all and while I am working the canvases I try to catch my thoughts, from them I will set the titles of my works.
A different pattern rules my sculpture where I work a concrete organic form to which or with which connect with other organic or inorganic forms and from there I follow my instincts.”
“My drawing binds all my work and thinking together. It allows me to play, explore, learn, communicate, create and express an idea or to guide me towards it.
For me drawing takes many forms such as fine art, illustration, design, cartoons, and digital media.
I use drawing as a medium for capturing movement; for exploring the humorous side of life; for communicating a specific idea in a clear way; for expressing something abstract.
The versatility and openness that drawing lends itself to can also be a struggle to contain.
It is this struggle that keeps me engaged and wanting to make the next drawing.”
Eila Leonoff is a Finnish visual artist and sculptor who visits Italy every year for inspiration, teaching marble carving and making her own sculptures. The marble sculptures are a result of a long process where the marble is first carved with an angle grinder and diamond plate and then continued with hand tools. The subject depends on the stone material, its shape and quality.
Artist Eila Leonoff has a specific talent in forming captivating abstract oil paintings and fine sculptures.
Eila has studied several forms of art at the University of art and design in Helsinki and she is now Chairman of “Helsinki International Artists’ Association ry”. Her works have been exhibited in several galleries in Nunes, AVA, Caisa, Weekend Gallery and Restaurant Oiva.
“For me art is an endless journey filled with new challenges and the joy of discovery. It is the central axis of my life, which has always been there for me. I enjoy creating playful and mystical pieces. I use them to express my emotions and I hope to make the viewer experience them too. Mostly my work depicts people. I especially enjoy creating portraits.
I was born and educated in Estonia, where in 2004 I graduated from Tartu Art College. I specialized in textile, but as a freelance artist I mostly paint and draw. I have studied psychodrama, art therapy and I have worked as an art teacher for many years. Lately I have been doing some work as an illustrator and would like to continue this in the future”.
Geneva Rosett-Hafter is an independent dancer and visual artist living in Helsinki, Finland. She grew up in Petaluma, California, learning art from her mother and enrolled in dance classes at a young age. She studied art in High School and since has taken workshops and visited museums to further her artistic education.
She moved to London and completed her BA degree at Laban in Dance Theater in 2004 – 2008.
Geneva worked as a massage therapist at Laban while also performing in her own works, choreographing for amateur theater companies and working with other choreographers. Through this work she developed her personal artistic style in dance and art.
She also came to realize her interest in the connection between fine art and dance.
In April 2011, she moved to Helsinki to continue her artistic career. She now runs a Croquis class at the Sarjakuvakeskus. She has organized exhibitions and enjoys creating an artistic community that allows dancers and artists to mingle. She works regularly on her own body of work and is on the board of the International Helsinki Artists Association. She is always happy to pursue new projects, ideas, or work with other people.
“I am a Finnish-Chinese artist. Bird is the theme of my works. It represents true freedom of life without limitation and is a call for us to connect to our core and our root – the mother nature. By integrating spontaneous brush strokes with rational arrangement of colorful calligraphic stamps, I explore the ways to express conflict and harmony; limitation and freedom”.
His creativity touches several techniques and media. Acrylics and oil paintings, aquarelles, drawings and sculptures.
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“As a photographer, I use both digital and film cameras. I prefer Black and White landscape photography.
I am also interested in alternative printing process like oil-print, gum bichromate . . . . .
My second passion is etching which I studied at the Finnish Adult Education Centre of the City of Helsinki.”
Kenan Türkmen was born in 1975 in Turkey and started to paint actively during his university years.
The artist does not have formal education in art. He graduated from the Istanbul University, department of Political Sciences.
The first things that impress in his artworks are the serenity, peace, stability and endlessness within. But the main subject, the landscape or the person, have come to this serenity after many experiences, movements and events. And of course, this is not the final point. The future is uncertain as is the past. Feelings can be opposite to one another and uncertain, just like the time, the object and the space. Because nothing comes to us as a result of one thing only. When we look at something, be it an event, a human being or a status, we can see many things about it: the past, the future, the very moment – in fact it is all in front of us. The artist uses the different elements of nature and life together with the elements of human life. While observing an object in his painting we can put ourself in the place this object; in the place of a tree, a stone, a human being, an existent or the non-existent. Besides painting, the artist designs and produces silver jewelry and lamp work glass beads. Kenan Türkmen lives in Helsinki since 2005
“I am a psychotherapist and glass-artist. Glass-art has come to my life very suddenly, surprisingly and has taken my heart. For me, glass is the only material, what gives the artist the possibility to make the invisible things visible, that’s because of the characteristics of glass: transparency or non-transparency, colour, texture and clearness of the forms. It also gives the artist the possibility to show inner feelings and processes, something that leads the “behind” of all practical everyday-life stuff. I don’t like the idea that glassworks should just be considered as beautiful pieces. Of course they are beautiful and visually enjoyable, but some glass-paintings have kept the spirituality during all centuries inside themselves so why shouldn’t contemporary glassworks try to do the same?
I use mostly tiffany (copper-foiled)-technique in my works and I want to discover new ways of expressing myself and learn more and more. The landscape of glass-art is rich and amazing, I have just started my journey and I could happily get lost there for the rest of my life like Alice in Wonderland.
My glassworks tell often about Women because, as a psychotherapist I work mostly with Women. I want to perceive and describe their inner and outer beauty, their life-strength and their strong-minded belief, that life can be beautiful and trustworthy no matter what.”
One picture combines two worlds
The mixed media pictures were created in the end of the year 2015 when my mother decided to move into a retirement home.
I have photographed my mother in the moving and transition period the way she was.
The backgrounds of the pictures are related to my own life and they bring me good memories as well as tell about my hobbies.
Thus one picture combines two worlds.
Aino Mäenpää 20.2.1934 – 20.2.2017
” I just have to paint. There is no other way to live this life. I answer to the call from the colours and sometimes wonder myself where do the paintings come from. When the colours start to sing-a-long on the canvas, I know, I have reached something worthy.”
Louise Charles-Saarikoski is a full time artist specializing in painting animals in oils. She especially enjoys depicting the expression and behavior of her subjects.
She takes commissions for animal portraits and has collectors of her paintings all over the world.
In addition to portraits, she paints cattle in landscapes, favoring the rarer breeds such as belted Galloway or Highland cattle. When not painting for clients she will be found outdoors gathering reference material by sketching and photographing wildlife and cattle for future paintings.
Originally from the UK Louise has lived and worked in Helsinki for over 12 years.
Unique Glass Art
“I am an artist working primarily in glass.
I also make mixed media art using my own photographs and monoprints.
My creative impulse comes “from the heart” – I am inspired by the beauty of nature around me, enjoy experiencing different countries and cultures, and I am always eager to try something new. The variety of my work reflects this. Each art work is unique, inspired by a different experience, memory or material. I exhibit my work regularly.”
“Art has been part of me since I was born. Oddly I am in the business and financial field since my parents placed me into a different path for the delirium of a safe job and a brilliant career.
I continued to follow my real passion as self-taught, learning the classic techniques, experimenting new ones and trying several styles. Nowadays I love mixed techniques. My Illustration style is a combination of old school drawing and modern digital painting. Rigorously handmade!
I like to draw people´s faces. I like to go through the appearance of what can be seen and dive into the hidden side. I like to show how I see them, how I feel them, how they look like in the colorful world of my mind. I would not consider my Artworks as “mirror portraits”. I am not interested in replicating a copy of an existing original. What I like to express with my Art is what is beyond the common sight.
This is who I am.
This is MariC.”
“ I do not paint a portrait to look like the subject, rather does the person grow to look like his portrait“
“By most innocent eyes to see through the most primitive innocence, which is the artist’s most romantic yearning.”
I fall in love with painting. When I am painting, I am very happy, excited and passionate. Painting gives myself unlimited freedom, with the most simple sense to express inner feelings.
I can immerse completely in my own world, let my imagination flourish…
Everything is so wonderful in painting. I would like to draw forever. I want that my life experiences, perception and cognition are expressed on my painting by my own expression style.
Enjoying things I am doing, expressing myself simply and freely, and drawing with my brush passionately are the most fortunate and happy things in my life”.
Rosamaría Bolom (Mexico, 1977). Psychologist, multidisciplinary artist and cultural promoter living in Helsinki since 2009. She have been working in Helsinki with culture and art projects. Mainly focused on cultural productions and pedagogical art-workshops aimed to promote multiculturalism, art, human rights and especially children´s rights.
Sculpture, painting, engraving, poetry & performance are the medium for Rosamaría’s expression. As psychologist she is interested in the otherness, subjectivity, human relations and symbolic language. As artist Rosamaría is am convinced that the universal language comes from the soul and it is the best weapon to combat misunderstanding, prejudices, racism, ignorance, fear and other contemporary ills.
Co-founder and active member of Third Space Collective.
“I have been a creative person for my whole life.
It started at daycare, continued through schools and through my spare time, later it became part of my work as Management Assistant in Advertising.
I attended several courses, painting in oil, pastels, aquarel. Not my cup of tea and I felt pretty disoriented with my art for years.
After a break from painting and moving to Finland, I attended a Vedic Art course and since that course, I’ve found my artistic way, my own style, my own signature.
All paintings on this site not planned „big time“, usually I have some sort of picture in my mind about 1 day beforehand, but it can also happen that within 1 hour I have the vision of a painting. As soon as the vision appears, the finger start itching, sometimes so badly that I won‘t find sleep until I have at least started to fulfill that craving.
Those paintings are the expression of my soul, my inner self, what and how I see myself, feel myself, during that process of creativity. Sometimes I start with the vision in my head and during the process it happen that the vision clearly changes, so does the painting. It also happens, that I even paint it over again and create something even better, something new.
So, I‘ll lay out my soul on Canvas, open to read for those who can and who are supposed to read that unique language of Art.”
The artist was born in 1971 in Bulgaria to a Turkish family.
In 1989 she migrated to Turkey together with her family where she received a BA degree in the field of literature from the Istanbul University.
She has been drawing actively since her very early childhood, and her education in art is a natural consequence of this active work.
Semra Türkmen has participated in over 35 group exhibitions in Turkey, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and England and has been living in Finland since 2005.
“I follow the steps of the Humanist School of Photography, trying to catch the moments of everyday life – in cafes as well as on the streets – life as it is, in all its brokenness, ‘everydayness’ and the beauty of the things that fill our lives. Capturing a moment or process in time, when something is being born and created, attracts me – we lose those precious moments so quickly.”
Susan Wilander is an artist and journalist. She works with different techniques, including painting in oil, watercolour and acrylic, photography, drawing and 3 D objects. An interplay between the real and surreal of our daily lives fascinates her. She tries to illustrate emotions and experiences through metaphorical and often humorous images.
“At the age of 25 I decided that I will never do anything related to art. I kept my promise about the same time, until I started drawing again about 7 years ago. Since then I have practiced drawing almost daily, but without any professional ambitions and with very vague ideas about the nature of art”
“I am a Finn, born in Ping Tung, Taiwan and grew up in Hong Kong. I lived 11 years in Israel and have now lived in Helsinki, Finland for the past 15 years.
I never started out as an artist, but certainly now am in it with all my heart. Through the course of my life I have expressed my thoughts in writing, poetry and song – and subsequently I started testing my visual artistic capabilities by exploring media and techniques of different sorts.
I discovered that art requires discipline and structure, but most of all courage. Courage to experiment, to trust the inner process, to be playful and enjoy – and to take a leap when needed.
My first true love affair with colour started when I was introduced to silk-painting. As a self-taught painter, the silk-painting process helped me to experiment how colours reacted to each other; why some argued and others just melted into each other in harmony. It was a fascinating journey, and in the process I found my true passion for painting. Nowadays I paint mainly with acrylics, but I also enjoy making art with polymer.
In my paintings, I use a mix of acrylics, paper and glue and other mixed media to create collages of moods, moments and poetry for the eye. My sources of inspiration come from my life experiences, from the places I grew up in and lived, spirituality and Judaic symbolism. I take great pleasure from the use of vibrant colors with the aim to generate curiosity and surprise through the layers.”