Rafael Wardi at Ateneum

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We often forget that Wardi is one of the first representatives of abstract art in Finland. He painted abstracts at the turn of the 1940s and 1950s. Although non-figurative, Wardi’s abstract work is also grounded in his experiences; the artist has said that he always paints something he has seen. The origin of an abstract painting can be a piece of bark or an old mirror cabinet. Wardi is not a fantasy painter, but he transforms what he sees into fantasy.

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