ARTIST CV        Raxu Helminen                                                    -


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 visual artist, studied watercolor painting since 2008. In addition to traditional watercolors also familiar with the watercolor batik technique and watercolors on synthetic paper (YUPO).

Now also linocut, soft pastel, Encaustic and monotype printing techniques as well as image transfers, to add the creative possibilities and also create unique mixed media artworks.


Sources of inspiration: Anything! Often Finnish nature and wildlife, yet also common everyday things and objects – spiced with imagination. Playful approach with hidden stories. "Paintings are visual stories – stories are verbal paintings – both of them trigger my fantasy. I wish to develop my visual skills further, to be able to share more freely my joy of life and love for nature through my paintings."

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

                       2014           Natürlich! (Naturally) Bad Breisig Kulturbahnhof/Germany. Solo exhibition

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

                       2015           Luontoäidin kosketus (Touched by Mother Nature), Virojoki/Finland, with Ursula  Wicki

                       2016           Jäppilänniemi Art Road, Imatra/Finland

                       2017           Metsä II, (Forest II) Akvart Gallery, Helsinki/Finland, juried 

 FabrianoInAcquarello 2017, Fabriano/Italy,  juried

 IWS Ecuador, Quito and Ibarra / Ecuador, invited                  

 Kotimaa tää pohjoinen, (our Nordic home) Pieksämäki/Finland, juried (SAY)

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

 Katsopas kummaa! (Look at that!) Hämeenlinna Main library, solo exhibition

 Luontoäidin kutsu (Mother Nature inviting), Cafe Laurell Hämeenlinna, solo exhibition

 Arte Nordica Fabriano 2017, Akvart Gallery, Helsinki, juried

                       2018           FabrianoInAcquarello 2018, Fabriano/Italy,  juried

 IWS Czech Republic, Prague, juried

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

 Koti, (Home) Akvart Gallery Helsinki, together with Anne Purho

 Arte Nordica Fabriano 2018, Akvart gallery Helsinki                                                                                                                   2019         FabrianoInAcquarello 2019, Country leader for Finland 

Iittala Ensemble, Hattula/Finland, group exhibition

Super sweet dreams, Hämeenlinna/Finland, invited

Nature, Power, Beauty / IWS Finland watercolour festival, Helsinki, juried 

Arte Nordica Fabriano 2019, Akvart Gallery Helsinki / organizer & exhibitor

Art Bridge Watercolour Biennale, St. Petersburg, Russia, juried


Myrsky/Storm - Vöru / Estonia /   juried 

UrbinoInAcquarello . Urbino / Italy, juried / exhibition postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19 pandemic

FabrianoInAcquarello, Fabrino / Italy, Country leader for Finland / exhibition online only

                                            due to COVID-19 pandemic; physial exhibition postponed, in Fabriano 2021

Arte Nordica Fabriano 2020 - Akvart Gallery, Helsinki / cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

Iittala Village gallery & Cafe - project cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

2020 Malaysia International Online juried Art Competition - category Landscapes, selected


Memberships                       SAY – Suomen Akvarellitaiteen Yhdistys  (Finnish Watercolour Society)

                                                 HTS - Hämeenlinnan Taiteilijaseura (Hämeenlinna Artist’s Society) 

                                                 NAS - Nordisca Akvarellsällskapet (Nordic Watercolour Society)

                                                 Hämeen Taideartteli r.y.

                                                 Akvart Gallery Coop. 





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