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 watercolour artist, studied watercolour painting since 2008. In addition to traditional watercolours, also familiar with the watercolour batik technique. Now also experimenting wiatercolours on the synthetic paper YUPO. 


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 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 calling), 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, Leader for Finland   

Iittala Ensemble, Hattula

Supermageita unelmia, Hämeenlinna

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

Arte Nordica Fabriano 2019, Akvart Gallery Helsinki / organizer & exhibitor  of Nordic art exhibition

Art Bridge Watercolour Biennale, St. Petersburg, Russia - international art exhibition, juried       

Memberships                           SAY – Suomen Akvarellitaiteen Yhdistys  (Finnish Watercolour Society)

                                                 Hämeenlinnan Taiteilijaseura (Hämeenlinna Artist’s Society) 

                                                 Nordisca Akvarellsällskapet (Nordic Watercolour Society)

                                                 Akvart Gallery Coop. 





raxuhelminen (at)