ARTIST CV      Raija "Raxu" Helminen                                                           -                                 Joy of life through art


Born

1948 in Virolahti / Finland

 

Education

Translator/Interpreter (German/Finnish) 1969

Bachelor of Science (Econ) 1972

 

Languages

Finnish, German, English, Swedish

 

Work history

Intl. banking, Export Secretary, Marketing Manager 1972 - 1985

Entrepreneur 1985 -

      


Self-taught watercolorist., also familiar with the watercolor batik technique. Experimenting  with soft pastels and encaustic wax painting as well as wood engraving  techniques. Further creative fascinations: photographing and writing.

 

Sources of inspiration: Anything - especially the Finnish nature, spiced with imagination. Playful approach with hidden stories and humour.

Titles of the paintings play on important role: "Paintings are visual stories - stories are verbal paintings!"

 

Watercolor painting studies

Books, online classes, own explorations

 

Workshop studies

2012 Mika Törönen, Pärnu / Estonia

2013 Konstantin Sterkhov, Hartola / Finland

2014 Alvaro Castagnet, Amsterdam / Netherlands

2015 Konstantin Sterkhov, Hartola / Finland

                                      


Exhibitions

2013 Naivists in Iittala, Iittala/Finland. Winter exhibition, invited.

2014 Natürlich! Bad Breisig Kulturbahnhof/Germany. Solo exhibition, invited

2014 Outo. A juried exhibition at Gallery Tärinä, Riihimäki/Finland (Photo art)

2015 Touched by Mother Nature, Virojoki/Finland. Together with Ursula Wicki, invited

2016 Jäppilänniemi Art Road, Imatra/Finland, invited

          Metsä II, Akvart Gallery. Helsinki/Finland, juried

2017 Fabriano in Aquarello, Fabriano/Italy, juried as part of Finnish group of artists

          IWS 1. South American Watercolour Biennale, Quito/Ecuador, and Ibarra/ Ecuador, invited

          SAY annual juried exhibition "Kotimaa tää pohjoinen", Pieksämäki/Finland

Coming 2017:  IWS Slovakia "World of Watercolour 2017" biennale, Bratislava, juried

                          Artist of the month, Hämeenlinna Library and Café Laurel  / Finland

                          Arte Nordica Fabriano, Akvart Gallery, Helsinki/Finland


Memberships

Suomen Akvarellitaiteen yhdistys r.y. / Finnish Watercolor Society

Nordiska Akvarellsällskapet / Nordic Watercolor Society

Hämeenlinnan Taiteilijaseura r.y. / Hämeenlinna Artist Club

Akvart Galleriaosuuskunta / Akvart  Gallery coop, Helsinki


raxuhelminen (at) gmail.com

www.raxuhelminen.net