“Tensions such as visibility-invisibility and fragility-power inspire me; linking how I experience life. I tend to represent these themes through landscape scenes that lay in between eastern-western representations of figurative and abstract painting in divers supports and medias.”
Anna-Maija Rissanen is a Belgian-Finnish landscape painter who focuses mainly on painting poetic inner meditative landscapes of water and rock, between western and eastern representation, between abstract and figurative. Her work focuses on searching a balance between fragility and power through mixed perspectives and layers. She uses mainly mixed media that includes among others watercolors, acrylic, Chinese ink, and collage.
Born 1983, in Järvenpää, Finland, Rissanen lived from 1995 to 2009 in Brussels, Belgium. She graduated in 2009 with an MA in Fine Arts from the Royal Fine-Arts Academy of Brussels and also certified as an art teacher. In 2009 she won the first prize of Godecharle of 5,000 € awarded by the Godecharle foundation that gave her the opportunity to continue her studies in China. During 2012-2013 Rissanen studied techniques of traditional Chinese painting at the China Art Academy in Hangzhou (one of the best art academies in China).
Since 2009, Rissanen has taken part in several personal and group exhibitions in Europe and China. She has held exhibitions including in Brussels, Paris, Berlin, Helsinki, London, Mannheim, Guangzhou, Beijing, Arnheim, Viljandi just to mention some. In Finland the prominent Finnish art gallery in Helsinki, Galleria Bronda represents her. In autumn 2016 she organized her third big solo exhibition with great success, it had more than thousand visitors. Between 2009 and 2018 she has had 15 solo exhibitions and taken part in more than 40 group shows that include art fairs and competitions both international than Finnish.
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