Paavo Stenius is a Finnish artist known for his colourful style of modern expressionist art that celebrates nature, recycling and the bright side of life. Lively colour schemes and themes inspired by Finnish nature define Paavo’s signature style of modern art.
Paavo's portfolio of paintings and posters features Finnish nature scenes, presented in bold colours and with what quirky spin, as defined by Paavo’s optimistic outlook on life. Paavo likes to paint while listening to the tunes of Finnish heavy metal. The resulting works are in stark contrast to the melancholic tunes – but that’s just one example of the circulating nature of life that Paavo likes to experiment with while creating art.
Paavo began experimenting with recycling and recycled art early on. The principles of circular economy remain a key inspiration. Painting frames crafted out of scrap metal are one example on how Paavo likes to make use of recycled materials as part of his art. A 3000l oil tank given away by a neighbour has been transformed into many a frames in the hands of the Finnish artist with a knack for creating new out of the old. Other pieces of eco art feature the use of recycled tiles and wood as part of a new piece.
Living in tune with nature is important to Paavo. Born and raised in the Northern city of Oulu, Paavo got inspired by the scenic vistas that continue to change with each season at a young age. He considers himself lucky to have been able to raise his two daughters in the heart of Finland’s Lake District, giving them easy access to witness Finnish wilderness.
Paavo’s home atelier is set up in the basement of the family home. The 1940s building, originally a home for a veteran, has been lovingly renovated by the Finnish artist and his wife Meri to feature green technology such as geothermal heating. Thanks to giving up costly fossil-fuel energy, Paavo’s atelier now remains warm enough year-round to paint without resorting to wearing winter-gear indoors – something he used to do!
Ever-evolving nature surrounds the home and atelier, providing endless inspiration. Migratory birds are a key inspiration, as are forest creatures such as bears and wolves that live in the woods that surround the area. Paavo is inspired by the works of 20th century expressionists Akseli Gallen-Kallela and Edward Munch, Nordic masters who found new ways to express their appreciation of nature while also transmitting the energies that lie underneath.