Henri Suhonen

Draftsman, painter, designer, and teacher working in Järvenpää, Finland.

B. 1985, I specialise in the academic art style aka classicism of the 19th century using mainly graphite, charcoal and oil paint. I mostly draw and paint portraits, still life, landscapes, and narrative figure paintings of allegory, mythology, everyday life, scifi/fantasy and Christian themes. I also work as a digital artist/designer.


My formal education is in Graphic Design. My fine art training consists mostly of workshops, private lessons, books, videos and online resources such as New Masters Academy, Schoolism, and, of course, YouTube and its various art instructors.

HERA – Helsinki Atelier of Representational Art, 2018-2022, drawing and painting program
Studio Daniel Enckell, private instruction and workshops, 2016-2022, Raasepori, Finland
Anatomical Figure Drawing Workshop, 8 day course, professor Gennadi Manasherov of Repin Academy of Russia, Västra Nylands Folkhögskola. Karjaa. 2016
Jouko Alapartanen, private lessons and mentorship on the Russian Academic method, 2014-2016.
University of Lapland, 2011-2016, Majoring in Graphic Design (Fine Art minor) – both my BA and MA thesis’ dealt with the relationship between realist illustration and 19th century academic art
Pekka Halonen Academy 2006-2009, Graphic Design
Helsinki Senior Secondary School of Visual Arts, 2001-2004

Teaching/Consulting Experience:

HERA – Helsinki Atelier of Representational Art, Instructor, Assistant Director, Digital Art, Fundamental of Drawing (Bargue Drawing and Cast Drawing), Fundamentals of Painting (Cast Painting and Still lifes), Figure Drawing and Painting 2018-2022
Drawery Workshop: video game art / concept art/design intensive workshops at University of Lapland, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Pekka Halonen Academy, Kajaani University of Applied Sciences. Also private and online instruction. 2015-2017