Pirkko Mäkelä-Haapalinna, PSA-MP

Finnish artist Pirkko Mäkelä-Haapalinna was originally trained as a ceramic artist; since 2000, her primary creative focus has been on pastels. She continues her artistic studies at the University of Lapland-Art and Design, and has received grants from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland and the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

In 2016, Pirkko was named Guest of Honor at the exhibition of the Société des Pastellistes de France. She has had several solo exhibitions in Finland and has participated in group exhibitions abroad. Her works are included in the collections of the Rovaniemi Art Museum in Finland and appear in the book Art Journey: Abstract Painting (North Light Books, 2017). Pirkko is a Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, a juried member of the Finnish Painters’ Union, and a member of the board of the Artists’ Association of Lapland.


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