Olle Salomaa (born 1942) is an artist from Turku. He is a member of Taidekeskus Into ry and works at Art Center TaidePompo. Visual artist Eija Ruoho and sculptor Sinikka Mäki-Lertola have been her mentors since 2014.

Olle is a master of fast croquis style drawings. He likes to browse through a big old family Bible. Olle defines himself as an observer and looks for topics that concern him. The image processing phase requires walking in the studio space and smoking outside before starting the work itself. The topics are tied to a certain moment, state of mind and situation. Once the subject has been found, Olle chooses the appropriate sized markers. Olle also says that his hands do not tremble when drawing. He concentrates and the essential message of the picture emerges from the pictures in the family Bible in an instant. The works are characterized by the spirit of immediacy and the artist’s own personal handwriting. The picture is ready in a minute, two, five minutes at the latest.

Olle’s sketchy drawings are related to faith and prayer. Faith has been a significant part of his life since childhood. The stories in the Bible have raised questions to which it has been difficult to find solutions. In particular, Olle has been thinking about original sin and the expulsion of Adam and Eve from paradise. It has been worrying if you get into damnation just because of biting an apple. Through the creative process of making art, Olle has finally found a solution to the anxiety caused by damnation and original sin.

According to Olle’s philosophy, when a person goes to paradise, he can turn into an animal. Olle’s own wish is to turn into a swan after death. A swan can fly away from damnation if it has to. Joutsen/Swan (2019), made in the Art Notes community art group, describes the time after death. Joutsen has got a place at Karinakoti, in Turku.

Olle says that he is proud of his own works. “Art is my profession, I like making art.”

During his long life, he has had other occupations and experience has been accumulated: a construction worker at Pultti Oy, a caretaker and usher at a cinema called Kolumbia, a donut baker at a bakery and a handyman for a bakery car.

Olle Salomaa

Art Studio: Into Art Centre

“Art is my profession, I like making art.”


View from an exhibition 2023 Olle Salomaa

View from an exhibition

  • Year: 2023
  • Art Form: Drawing
Adam and Eve 2023 Olle Salomaa

Adam and Eve

  • Year: 2023
  • Size: 52x39cm
  • Art Form: Drawing
Resurrection 2023 Olle Salomaa


  • Year: 2023
  • Size: 72x76cm
  • Art Form: Drawing
John the Baptist 2023 Olle Salomaa

John the Baptist

  • Year: 2023
  • Size: 65x65cm
  • Art Form: Drawing


Contact: taidekeskusinto@gmail.com

Artistic activity

2018- Art Center Taidekeskus Into ry, TaidePompo
2014- Sculptor Sinikka Mäki-Lertola and visual artist Eija Ruoho as mentors

Private exhibitions

2023 St. Henry’s Ecumenical Art Chapel, marker drawings from Bible images, Turku

Group exhibitions

2022 Into outside, Taito – Tahto – Tasa-arvo – Taide, Kulturhus Björkboda, Kemiö island
2021 GETAFU*CK*INGLIFE, B gallery, Turku
2019 Taidekeskus Into, 10th anniversary exhibition, Brinkkala gallery, Turku
2019 Kone käy täysillä/Machine runs full speed, B gallery, Turku
2018 Viidakossa Tarkkaillaan/Being observed in the jungle, Art Kaarisilta gallery, Helsinki
2017 Kaveria ei jätetä/Leave no friend behind – 100th anniversary of Finland exhibition, Katariina activity center, Turku
2017 Ihme ja Kumma/Miracle and Wonder, Avoin olohuone, Salo
2015 Erityisen puhuttelevaa taidetta/Particularly expressive art, Turun kristillinen opisto/Turku Christian College
2014 Luojan virrassa/In the flow of the Creator, Turku Fair and Congress Center
2014 Luojan virrassa/In the flow of the Creator, Henrik’s Church, Turku

Public artworks

2017 ArtNotes community art group, “the Creation” wall mosaic and “Heart” terracotta relief, new building of KTO Varsinais-Suomi special care district municipal corporation, Paimio
2019 ArtNotes community art group, mosaic swan, Turun Karinakoti

Community art

2016 ”INTO BANDEROLS” community artwork, Shopping Center Puuvilla, Pori
2016 Täytekakku/Layer Cake community artwork, Shopping Center Hansa, Turku


2018 Askel magazine: Olle Salomaa’s interview

Published: March 18, 2024 Modified: March 18, 2024