23 facts about Marjatta Tapiola

By Gwylym Owen

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Marjatta Tapiola (born 30 April 1951, Sysmä, Finland) is a Finnish painter. At the time of her breakthrough in the 1980s the neo-expressionist art style was attainment popularity; however Tapiola’s art does not necessarily fit inside these boundaries. Some typical elements in Tapiola’s paintings are minotaurs, horses and skulls. Tapiola’s newer paintings are said to be characterized by fluent drawing mood and multilayered lines. Recent works often feature network of lines on a colorless background.

In February 2013 the portrait of the President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö painted by Marjatta Tapiola sparked controversy and got considerable media attention in Finland.

Marjatta Tapiola has two daughters, writer Aina Bergroth (b. 1975) and film director and screenwriter Zaida Bergroth (b. 1977).

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