Marja-Liisa Aalto-Annala was born in Lapua, Finland, in the spring of 1939 into a culture-positive family.  Her mother was a talented pianist and her father a skilful drawer. But already in the autumn of the same year, Finland was drawn into a war with heavy consequences for the family. They lost their home in the aerial bombing attack of the city of Oulu, and her father died towards the end of the war in 1945.

Since her childhood, Marja-Liisa’s aspiration is to transmit beauty, as beauty heals and nourishes the soul.

Marja-Liisa studied at the Institute of Art and Design, Helsinki (1958-62). In the summer of 1960, she participated in a course taught by Oskar Kokoschka at International Summer Academy, Festung Hohensalzburg, in Austria, where her work was recognized with the 2nd Place Kokoschka Prize.
After the graduation, she continued her development at the Helsinki Academy of Fine Arts, as well as in the Academie Julian, in Paris.

After her two daughters were born, Marja-Liisa worked as an Art Teacher for 30 years and continued her artistic expression during free time.

For Marja-Liisa the line and its rhythm are important, energy and movement in general. In her work, she transmits harmony, balance and peacefulness. Amongst her most used media are woodcut, charcoal, oil paint, pastels and collage.

Currently living and working in Loviisa, Finland, she has participated in numerous collective and solo exhibitions both in Finland and abroad and is featured in various international art publications.


1958-62 Institute of Art and Design, Degree in Art Education, Helsinki

1960 Internationale Sommerakademie fur bildende Kunst,
Oskar Kokoschka student, Salzburg, Austria

1963-64 Litography and metal graphics course, A. Tuhka studio, Helsinki

1964-66 Academie of Fine Arts, Helsinki

1967 Academie Julian, Art of painting, spring semester, Paris

1973 Art History Studies, University of Helsinki



2020 Konstrundan, Four Seasons, studio exhibition, Yritystalo, Loviisa

2018 Konstrundan, studio exhibition, Yritystalo, Loviisa

2016 Gallery Artifact, Letters From Africa, invited, New York, NY, United States

2014 Loviisa  Art  Centre  Alm,  Loviisa

2013 Konstrundan, studio exhibition, Yritystalo, Loviisa

2013 Galleria G12, Helsinki

2012 Art Factory,  Kulma,  Porvoo

2011 Konstrundan, studio exhibition, Yritystalo, Loviisa

2009, -08, -07, -06, -05, Annala, Art Exhibition, Old Houses Fair, Loviisa

2007 Tullisillan Kotigalleria, Loviisa

2004 Childrens’ Very Own Gallery, Gable Factory, Helsinki

1994 Sibelius House, Loviisa



2016 By invitation 13-31 July 2016: Gallery Artifact, New York, NY.

2016 Woman’s Essence, Hermandez Art Gallery, Milan, Italy

2015 Toistaiseksi, Almintalo, Loviisa

2015 Seniorien Salonki, Gable Factory, Helsinki

2014 Art Week Helsinki, Cable Factory, Helsinki

2014 Summer exhibition, Art Factory, Porvoo Society of Artists, Porvoo

2014 Into the Light, Walloon Artists, Belgian Embassy, Helsinki

2013 By invitation: ‘Ethics as DNE of Art’, Florence New Biennale, Florence

2013 Inaugural exhibition, Loviisa Art Centre Alm, Loviisa

2012 Art Society’s’ 40th Anniversary Exhibition, Galleria Theodor, Loviisa

2012 Towards Art Centre 2., Alexanterin Taidevintti, Loviisa

2012 Seniorien Salonki, Gable Factory, Helsinki

2012 Towards Art Centre, Almintalo, Loviisa

2011 Museum of Fine Arts Manifesto, Loviisa City Museum, Loviisa

2010 Drawing  now, Vanha Kappalaisentalo,  Porvoo

2010 Seniorien Salonki, Cable Factory, Helsinki

2008 Seniorien Salonki, Kouvola Art Museum,  Kouvola

2006 Printmaking Fiest, Galleria G, Helsinki

2005 Seniorien Salonki, Järvenpää House, Järvenpää

2005 The national minimum graphics, Galleria Joella, Turku

1963 Group XXIV graphics, Leibzig, Magdeburg, Berlin, Germany

1960 The final exhibition of Schule Kokoschka, Festung Hohensalzburg, Salzburg, Austria



2016   Current Masters 2, USA

2016   Woman’s essence, Italy

2015  We Contemporary, Musa, international art space, Italy

2013   The New Florence Biennale, Ethics DNA of Art, Italy



1969-99 Professor of Visual Arts, Middle school and high school, Lapinjärvi

1975-80 Art courses, Community College of Valko



1960 2nd price Oskar Kokoschka student
Internationale Sommerakademie fur bildende Kunst, Salzburg, Austria



Jyväskylä Art Museum, Finland



Finnish Painters’ Union*

Porvoo Society of Artists

Porvoo Art Society and Art Gallery Konsta

The Association of Senior Artists

Loviisa Art Association