ARTIST CV        Raxu Helminen                                                    -                       Joy of life through art & Art through joy of life


1948 in Virolahti / Finland



Translator/Interpreter (German/Finnish) 1969

Bachelor of Science (Econ) 1972



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. 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



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 and Ibarra/ Ecuador, invited

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

          IWS Slovakia "World of Watercolour 2017" biennale, Bratislava and Presov,  juried

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

           Arte Nordica Fabriano, Akvart Gallery, Helsinki/Finland


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

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