Wednesday, May 31, 2017


Last Saturday we held a taideilta (arts evening) with local artists, poets and musicians at our Aitta-studio in Sirkka. There was a small exhibition of paintings, photographs and works on paper inside the Aitta-studio and in the yard presentations of poetry, singing and performance art. We contributed to the evening with our last performance The Misgivings of Perfect Love.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Oh so nice...

...going freshly on a blank canvas.

Today we started a new painting today, a Double Self-portrait from life. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Update 41- Double Self-portrait

So, this double self-portrait painted by us both has been chosen to be part of the exhibition 'Portrait Now!' at the Frederiksborg castle in Denmark. We look pretty silly in it. If we knew so many people were going to see it, we would had painted ourselves extra real silly.

Details about the exhibition here.

Raisa Raekallio and Misha del Val
"Double Self-Portrait of Us Both, Painted by Both of Us" 
oil on canvas, 72 x 90 cm.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Exhibition at Espacio Marzana 15.6.18 - 30.7.18 Bilbao, Spain

Thank you Espacio Marzana - Cultural Projects for believing in our work!  

We are delighted with the idea of presenting our stuff in Bilbao next year!!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Update 39 - Taidemaalariliiton Teosvälitys

This week we present our work at the Taidemaalariliiton Teosvälitys Kaapelitehtaalla (Finnish Painters Union Exhibition) in Helsinki. It's the first time Raisa and I exhibit our joint work in Helsinki. We are showcasing these two pieces below plus a couple of other smaller individual works. Come for a visit if you are close by! We will be there next Tuesday 14.3. Open until 19.3.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Together Again

Reunited in London after Misha's 6-week trip in Spain and Australia.
Below immersing ourselves in Ski Jacket by Peter Doig at Tate Modern.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Kiitos Juha Tolonen ja Arktikum!

Our exhibition Flora Lapponica is now finished. We had over 16.000 people visiting during the past six weeks. That is much more than we could have ever expected! We are very happy with the whole journey, honored by sharing it with Juha Tolonen and tremendously grateful and appreciative towards each other for embarking full hearted on this crazy project of making paintings in collaboration.

Now a lititle break and soon starting gathering ideas and inspiration for our show at Kemi Art Museum next year.

Raisa Raekallio & Misha del Val, oil on canvas, 178 x 178 cm. 2016
Inspiration by Juha Tolonen

Wednesday, January 25, 2017


La kota es una construcción tradicional lapona. En su seno vive un fuego con algún tipo de asiento alrededor. En la parte superior hay un agujero, para desalojar el humo, así como cumpliendo la función espiritual de apertura hacia el cielo.
"Kota II"
Pintado por Raisa y Misha a turnos sobre papel Hahnemühle, 60 x 60 cm, 2016

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Land Quilt

"Quilt, patchwork, land quilt, realms, movement, bardos, wheel of life, cycles, comfort and love, wrap yourself in the land, xxx"

This insightful whatsup message of my brother Aryadharma Aaron Matheson  after seeing a pic of the painting  in process, lends the title to the work and throws light into what Raisa and I intended with the painting and didn't know yet.

"Land Quilt"
Oil on linen, 178 x 178 cm. 2016
Currently in exhibition at Galleria Valo, Arktikum, Rovaniemi.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Update 33

Thank you everyone for a lovely night!

Exhibition continues until 12.2.17

(Pics Juha Tolonen)

Monday, December 19, 2016

Come and greet these faces at Galleria Valo, Arktikum, Rovaniemi on Wednesday 21.12, 18 h. at the opening of our exhibition FLORA LAPPONICA, featuring photographs by Juha Tolonen and our most recent series of paintings made in collaboration.

Exhibition runs 22.12.16 - 12.2.17

Juha, Raisa and Misha in front of our Aitta-studio, Sirkka.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wednesday Update 30

We jumped from paper to a big canvas. Painting still in its early stages.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Wednesday Update 29

We are starting a new painting this week for our upcoming exhibition Flora Lapponica at galleria Valo, Arktikum, Rovaniemi.

We looked out from our kitchen window and we got the answer.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Wednesday Update 28

Our studio, an over 100-years old aitta, is very cozy and spirited. But so small that often we have to take our paintings outside to have a proper look!

Some snow fell and melted on the painted snow.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Wednesday Update 26

Wednesday update. On a Saturday. Hehe. At the moment we are experimenting with paint on top of photographs. Precisely, the landscape photographs of our friend Juha Tolonen, with whom we share an exhibition in December at galleria Valo, Arktikum, Rovaniemi. He dared to give us some of his prints. It is playful and fun, as well as a bit scary. Raisa painted a blueish hole in the middle of an atmospheric wintery landscape while Misha occupied himself by making his floating colourful patterns that sail through the picture.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Wednesday Update 25

We spent the past week in Pöntsö, out there in hard-core Lappish nature, looking after Raisa's uncle's gallery, away from our busy Sirkka life (sic).

Anyway, we watched 'Gone With the Wind', the whole movie, hoping that Scarlett and Rhett would lose everything and get together in good vibes, to our utter disappointed.

Misha tripped over and by a magical spell of painting the colours of his blanket ended up on the canvas.