picture from the website elisanet.fi
Ensio Tuppurainen was born in 1924 in the community of Hirvensalmi in Finland.
He spent his active life in the army. Nowadays, being retired and a veteran from war, he has his accommodation in Vekaranjärvi, a large military base, near the community of Valkealan, in the south of Finland.
Tuppurainen, who nowadays is in his eighties, is a self-taught artist, who has been making paintings of landscapes, people and other scenes and who has been active in sculpturing (elks, horses, other animals).
He is best known, probably, by the statements he writes down on posters in a expressive and colorful way. They are exposed on a plot in the woods near the cabin where he had his (now closed) studio and gallery. In these texts mr Tuppurainen comments on what he sees as social and political abuses, varying from EU-politics, the banking system and old age pensions, to environmental policy and the treatment of refugees.
Tuppurainen's work was represented in the 2005 exposition In Another World in the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki.
* Page about Typpurainen on ITE-net
* Video by Erkki Pirtola (Youtube, 19'29", uploaded dec 2012)