Maija Vanhatapio paints mostly with acrylic or mixed media with oil. Nordic Nature is the basis for her themes: its textures, colors and light. Vanhatapio picks out what's vital and thought-provoking, digesting and rebuilding an abstract story in order to present the nature in a new form to the viewer.
Maija Vanhatapio was born in Helsinki, Finland in 1946 and now lives in Kajaani. She graduated as a graphic designer, had her own advertising agency and studied fine arts at the University of Lapland. Since 2006 she has participated in several exhibitions each year, both in solo gallery exhibitions as well as group shows including in Finland, Spain and Japan. Her practice includes a wide range of media from painting and sculpture to collage, drawing and ceramics.
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