Outi Heiskanen

Outi Marjatta Heiskanen (born 26 September 1937) is a Finnish artist. She debuted in 1971.[1]

Outi Heiskanen is famous for her figurative graphic work. Her subjects include her family and friends, animals, as well as animal-human hybrids. Her main printmaking technique is etching, which she uses to draw the motif. She then augments the etching by aquatint or drypoint where necessary. Heiskanen is also known for her versatility as a performer, set designer and creator of happenings and performances. She is also a member of several independent artists' groups.[2]

As a child Outi Heiskanen (nee Kanervo) traveled often with his father, who was a veterinarian. She drew pictures of animals and people at the farms. She graduated as an art teacher in 1959 and married Toivo Heiskanen. They got two daughters. In addition to her artistic career Heiskanen has worked as an art teacher in schools in Oulu, Jyväskylä and Helsinki from 1959 to 1973. She was a professor of graphic department in Academy of Fine Arts in 1992, and the Academy headmaster from 1994 until 1995.[3]

Heiskanen's travels have had a great impact in her work, especially the trips to Tibet and Afghanistan.[4]


  1. ^ "OUTI Marjatta HEISKANEN (Heis)". Kuvataiteilijamatrikkeli (in Finnish). Suomen Taiteilijaseura. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  2. ^ Outi Heiskanen Sara Hilden Art Museum
  3. ^ Karjalainen, Tuula. "Heiskanen, Outi (1937–)". National Biography of Finland (in Finnish). SKS. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Outi Heiskanen vie katsojan löytöretkelle Wäinö Aaltosen museossa" (in Finnish). Yle. Retrieved 13 October 2016.