CV        Raxu Helminen - A SELF TAUGHT VISUAL ARTIST EXPRESSING 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 -     


Painting in watercolours since 2008. In addition to traditional watercolour techniques on paper, also familiar with painting on synthetic paper Yupo, and  creating watercolour batik paintings. Actively involved at international  watercolour events.


Monotypes, monoprints and mixed media have been the main media in the past years, resulting to unique hand-pulled graphic works. Soft pastels, encaustics, and  linocuts add to the creative possibilities which seem to be endless.


Sources of inspiration: Anything and everything! Mostly pure imagination, often Finnish nature and wildlife, yet also simple everyday objects – spiced with imagination and a bit of fairytale. Playful approach with hidden stories: art through joy of life - joy of life through art!





Naivists in Iittala, Iittala/Finland



Natürlich! Bad Breisig Kulturbahnhof/Germany. Solo exhibition

Outo, Gallery Tärinä Riihimäki, Finland (photo art)



Luontoäidin kosketus, Virojoki Finland (with Ursula Wicki CH)



Jäppilänniemi Art Road, Imatra Finland



Metsä II, Akvart Gallery, Helsinki Finland

FabrianoInAcquarello 2017, Fabriano Italy

IWS Ecuador, Quito and Ibarra, Ecuador

Kotimaa tää pohjoinen, Pieksämäki Finland

IWS Slovakia, Bratislava, Presov and Budimir, Slovakia

Katsopas kummaa, Main library Hämeenlinna Finland , solo exhibition

Luontoäidin kutsu, Cafe Laurell Hämeenlinna Finland, solo exhibition

Arte Nordica Fabriano 2017, Akvart Gallery Helsinki Finland



FabrianoInAcquarello 2018, Fabriano Italy

IWS exhibition, Prague, Czech Republic

Mielikuvittelijan päiväkirja, Hauho Finland, solo exhibition

Koti, Akvart Gallery, Helsinki Finland (with Anne Purho)

Arte Nordica Fabriano 2018, Akvart Gallery, Helsinki Finland



FabrianoInAcquarello 2019, Fabriano Italy. Country Leader for Finland

Iittala Ensemble, Hattula Finland

Super sweet dreams, Hämeenlinna Finland

IWS Finland “Nature, Power, Beauty “, Helsinki Finland

Arte Nordica Fabriano 2019, Akvart Gallery, Helsinki Finland

Art Bridge Biennale 2019, St. Petersburg Russia



Myrsky / Storm, Vöru, Estonia

UrbinoInAcquarello 2020, Urbino Italy (online due to Covid)

FabrianoInAcquarello 2020, Fabriano Italy. Country Leader for Finland. Only only.

Malaysia International Online juried Competition / Landscapes. Online only.



Aquarelle Pyreénne, France – online only

FabrianoInAcquarello 2021, Fabriano Italy. Country Leader Finland

Gruppo Fabriano 2020-2021, Akvart Gallery, Helsinki Finland. Curator & organizer



FabrianoInAcquarello 2022, Bologna & Fabriano, Italy. Country leader Finland

Little Village Gallery, Easter exhibition, Iittala Finland

Summer exhibition of Häme Taideartteli members, Hauho Finland

Annual Members’ exhibition of Häme Taideartteli, Main library Hämeenlinna, Finland

Watercolor International 2. online juried art competition “Glimpses of Everyday Life”. Online only.

2022 Autumn Malaysia International online juried  art competition (landscapes, top 80) Online only.

Do you speak watercolour? Nominee_Unique style Award 2022  online only.



FabrianoInAcquarello 2023, Bologna & Fabriano, Italy. Country Admin Finland

Iloa – Naivistit Varkaudessa 2023, Taidekeskus Väinölä, Varkaus Finland

Little Village Gallery / Art Café, Iittala Finland

Little Village Gallery / Library, Iittala Finland

Annual Members’ exhibition of Häme Taideartteli, main library, Hämeenlinna Finland



Päärynälintuja ja muita tarinoita, Paperihuone Gallery, Hämeenlinna Finland. Solo exhibition.

FabrianoInAcquarello 2024, Fabriano Italy and Fort Worth, Texas/USA

ECWS 2024, Culture House Laikku, Tampere Finland



SAY – Suomen Akvarellitaiteen Yhdistys  (Finnish Watercolour Society)

HTS – Hämeenlinnan Taideseura (Hämeenlinna Artists’ Society)

Hämeen Taideartteli


Works available directly from artist

Selected artworks only at TAIKO online gallery for Finnish art:


Updated 06.04.2024




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