Heli Mäki-Arvela


About me

I am a visual artist, today mostly working with painting. I create many of my paintings by combining smaller paintings together; my aim is to visualize my view that the present reality is a mixture of things from the past and future and depending of the view point. With combining I try to tell the whole story.

I’m interested in time and movement and in some of my paintings (like the Kiss, Boulevard) I try to get the viewer to take part in the happenings of the painting; the viewer gets a chance to influence the time of space by choosing how fast to walk by the piece.

A part of my education has consisted of video- and multimedia production and I’ve even worked as a scenographer, costume- and light designer.

In 2016 I completed my studies at Master of Arts, not in studio work but as a community artist.


Turku, Finland




Master of Arts (applied to Visual arts with Community Art as my main subject)



Tempera on linen (mostly)

Sources of inspiration:

Human beings, the perception of the world around me.

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