"Currently, I paint with acrylics and oils and use mixed media techniques. In the past I have also used photography and made installations. I am interested in humans' relationship to nature, myths related to nature and indigenous peoples' relationship to nature and nature-religions."
Painter and mixed media artist, Anu Riestola (b. 1970) lives and works in Kemi, Northern Finland. She paints strong and colorful works with acrylic and oils. "I am interested in nature mythology and human beings' relationship to nature," she describes.
Riestola graduated from the Fine Art School of Turku in 1996 and Aalto University, Arts and Crafts University of Helsinki in 2010. She has had 17 personal shows and over 30 group exhibitions. She has shown work in Latvia, Hungary and Estonia. Her works are in Salo-and Kemi Art Museum Collections, Finlands Gallup Art Collection, and Turku Swedish Speaking University's collection. She is a member of the Finnish Painters Union and The Artist Association of Lapland. Her most important exhibitions are Kemi Art Museum's exhibition called "The workman's hands" in 2012 (at the same time with Krisatian Krokfors), and Laplands Artist Associations and Estonian curator Reet Varblanes curated group exhibition "I live on the Arctic Circle" in Tallinn and in Riga in 2012. Riestolas family origins are strongly based in Northern Lapland. Her father was from the village of Huuhkaja near Ivalo and her mother is originally from the village of Sattanen near Sodankylä.
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