About the artist

Anna-Maija Rissanen

Born in 1983, in Järvenpää, Finland, Anna-Maija Rissanen is a Belgian-Finnish landscape painter who finds her inspiration in nature. She focuses mainly on painting inner meditative landscapes of water and rock, between Western and Eastern representation, between abstract and figurative. In her works she concentrates on searching a balance between fragility and power through mixed perspectives. She uses mainly mixed media that includes among others watercolour, acrylics, ink, print and collage. She poses thin layers of colours and creates different kinds of textures to give depth to the works. Her works vary in sizes and in colours.

Between 2009 and 2020 she has had 19 solo exhibitions and taken part in more than 40 group shows that include also art fairs and competitions both international and Finnish. In 2019, she organised her fourth big solo exhibition with great success in Gallery Bronda, which received over two thousand visitors.

In 2009, Rissanen graduated with an MA in Fine Arts from the Royal Fine-Arts Academy of Brussels and also qualified as an art teacher. From 2012-2013, she studied techniques of traditional Chinese painting at the China Art Academy in Hangzhou. Now she’s pursuing her Doctorate in arts (PhD) studies in Shanghai Fine Arts Academy (2019-2023)

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Art critic Timothy Warrington made a critic about Anna-Maija Rissanen’s art at The International Confederation of Art Critics in 2016


Articles and links in relation to artist’s curriculum, past exhibitions

Artists statement

Artist’s thoughts on her art


Artist’s Curriculum Vitae


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