RossoCinabro | Biography | Paavo Stenius
Contemporary Art in Rome

Paavo Stenius

Artist Statement

”Painter life for 16 years”

In 2000 I made a big decision. I started to work hard in order to bring my art to a new level. Little by little, I was able to improve my work and to see some progress. On the other hand, I was ready to give up after each work. But something kept me going. During the years between 2000 and 2004 I painted only with watercolors, mostly detailed bird figures with a Finnish landscape on the background.

In 2004 I changed my technique and started to paint with oil colors. I had no previous experience from this technique, so it took me many months and hours of practice with numerous works that I had to paint over and over again. Eventually, I got the new technique under control and during 2005 and 2006 the colors started to shine and got brighter. During these years I studied Pointillism, as well, and it made a huge impact on me. The depth of oil colors and the possibility to mix the color in various ways, thus creating new color worlds, is the best and greatest of all.

I seldom make any precise plans on what to paint. My works simply come up by themselves. In my art I want to express power and energy. I am happy if I am able to transfer my experiences from each moment and idea on the canvas.

I frame my paintings myself, using wood, metal and mosaic. For the frames I have used often recycled material, too, that I have found from flea markets or that my friends have given me.

I love to paint nature, animals and people. Especially the birds and big mammals of Northern nature are my favorite objects. I admire their ability to survive in the hard circumstances of North. Nature has always been very important to me, it is my church. I paint outdoors in the nearby woods all around the year, too.



nurse, self-taught painter


Private exhibitions:

2016 Helsinki, ”The workshop wizard”, Konepajan Bruno, oil paintings

2015 Helsinki, ”Recipient of spring and brothers of the red blade”, Gallery Rupla, oil paintings

2014 Helsinki, ”Laughter in the space”, L3 Makasiini, oil paintings - 2014 Äänekoski, ”Good chair to sit on”, Hoikkassali, oil paintings - 2014 Oulu, ”I dance on the Milky Way”, Gallery Kulttuuribingo, oil paintings

2013 Jyväskylä, Bar Vakiopaine, oil paintings

2012 Jyväskylä, Gallery Gummerus, oil paintings

2011 Vaajakoski, Vaajakoski library, oil paintings

2010 Vaajakoski, Gallery Vaajakosken Wanha Voimala, oil paintings

2008 Jyväskylä, Gallery UTU, oil paintings

2002 Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä main library, water color paintings Additionally several art exhibitions in different senior homes of the city of Jyväskylä from 2005 to 2013.



First prize in the Oktoberfest art competition of the German-Finnish Chamber of Commerce in 2014.

Paavo Stenius - Evening in the forest


Evening in the forest

oil on canvas

50 x 50 cm


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