“She is Finland’s most famous painter with over 250 shows worldwide. Her parents were deaf mute and she learned sign language at a young age and was always interested in painting people and a lot of figuration of sign language in her paintings.” says Wickiser.
She left home to study at the age of 16 and wound up at the Arts Academy in Stuttgart, Germany. Wickiser Galleries recently published a book on her—the gallery is also a publisher of art books—Soile Yli-Mayry 40 years of painting 1968 to 2008. Wickiser catalogs are in over 1200 libraries in the United States, including the works of Yli-Mayry.
“She is a great artist and there is nothing like it you would see. She is like the modern Miro--Scandinavian style, Vicking-esque,” he says. “People really love it and when you look at it people know it is her. She has continued classic style into the 21st Century.”
But her work is not a copy of Miro or anyone else. It is less precise for one.
“It is very palette knife-oriented passion oriented. Collectors have always been supportive of the work. It never fails to amaze me. Everyone's taste is different but people into Soile Yli really love her work a lot. She is a great artist.” says Wickiser.
As usual the photo does not do the paintings justice. The video below gives a bit more of an idea of what they are truly like but again, do not really do them justice.
There will be more postings on Wickiser Gallery and its artists shortly--especially on the elder Wickiser who I now regret not discussing at more length with Walter Wickiser.