Ilmari Salminen

1929 - 2008 Finland

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Ilmari Salminen, nicknamed Imppu, moved from Helsinki to the village of Petäjävesi in central Finland during the War, as a fourteen-year-old, to help on his...

Ilmari Salminen, nicknamed Imppu, moved from Helsinki to the village of Petäjävesi in central Finland during the War, as a fourteen-year-old, to help on his uncle’s farm. When his uncle died in 1986, Imppu took over the farm. After his retirement he moved to a log cabin provided by a friend, the local blacksmith, in the woods outside of Petäjävesi.

Imppu transformed his small home into a museum, which he called Imppulandia, stuffing the few rooms with his art work and collected objects: army uniforms, mobile telephones, photographs, coins and banknotes, etc.In 1994 he began to draw seriously. Geometric, ornamental and rhythmic designs surround a photograph in the centre, depicting politicians, royals, animals, buildings or landscapes.