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, studied watercolour painting since 2008. In addition to traditional watercolours, also familiar with the watercolour batik technique. Experimenting with soft pastels, Encaustics and  wood engraving. Further creative fascinations: photographing and writing.


Sources of inspiration: Anything! Often finnish nature and wildlife, yet also rusty tools, old toys, children, abandoned objects –all  spiced with imagination. Playful approach with hidden stories. "Good paintings are visual stories – good stories are verbal paintings – both of them trigger my phantasy. I wish to share my joy of life through my paintings."

Exhibitions   2013                      Naivists in Iittala, Iittala/Finland. Invited.

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

 Outo,  Gallery Tärinä, Riihimäki/Finland (Photo art) , juried

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

                       2016                     Jäppilänniemi Art Road, Imatra/Finland, invited

                       2017                     Metsä II, Akvart Gallery, Helsinki/Finland, juried 

 FabrianoInAcquarello 2017, Fabriano/Italy, part of the Finnish group, juried

 IWS Ecuador, Quito and Ibarra / Ecuador, invited                  

 SAY  “Kotimaa tää pohjoinen”, Pieksämäki/Finland, juried

 IWS Slovakia, Bratislava, Presov and Budimir/Slovakia, juried

 Artist of the month, Hämeenlinna: Main library and Café Laurell/Finland

 Arte Nordica Fabriano, Akvart Gallery, Helsinki, juried

                       2018                     FabrianoInAcquarello 2018, Fabriano/Italy, part of the Finnish group, juried

 IWS Czech Republic, Prague, juried

 Diary of an Imagineer (Mielikuvittelijan Päiväkirja), Hauho/Finland invited


coming:  Arte Nordica Fabriano, Akvart Gallery Helsinki / Finland

                Koti (Home), Akvart Gallery Helsinki / Finland

Memberships                           SAY – Suomen Akvarellitaiteen Yhdistys  (Finnish Watercolour Society)

                                                  Hämeenlinnan Taiteilijaseura (Hämeenlinna Artist’s Society)  

Akvart Gallery (coop)  Helsinki

Nordiska Akvarellsällskapet (Nordic Watercolour Society)

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