Heini Mika is a Finnish artist living and working in New York City. Heini holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Worcester (UK) and she also has a degree in Fine Art and Visual Communications from Finland’s prestigious Pekka Halonen Academy of Art. Heini’s paintings have received global recognition, being showcased on four continents in prominent locations such as NYC, Paris, the UK, the UAE, and Indonesia. Her artworks have been featured in many notable publications, including the British Vogue, and several of her pieces are cherished within private collections.
Heini’s contemporary paintings serve the viewer with a palette of vibrant colors and dynamic shapes while she gives you her unique perspective on women, fairytales, and history. They have been an important source of inspiration for Heini throughout her career as an artist and this can be observed in her rich and intriguing original artworks.
Heini is the Co-Founder and chief curator of HMVC Gallery New York, an online art gallery that provides artists a space to exhibit and sell their work. With her own gallery, Heini aims to create a community where artists from all walks of life can receive public acknowledgment and encouragement on their artistic journey.
In Heini’s main series the “Feminine Perspective” Heini explores the complex nature of her female heroines.
“Since forever have women been the subject of great art, but rarely were we allowed to create great art. As a female artist living in the 21st Century, I find great inspiration in the female icons of the past, despite the societal pressures that tell me their beauty and success renders them irrelevant. Famous women from Marie Antoinette to Miley Cyrus, have served as profound sources of inspiration for me, whether it be their distinctive style or their spirit. In my work I explore the dichotomy between how these women are presented to the public and their personal identity, revealing the layers of complexity that lie beneath the surface. My aim is to discover how the images of these influential women, given by pop culture, impact and shape my own artistic impressions of them.
Ultimately, my work serves as a reflection and exploration of this complex dynamic. While my intention is to showcase the vibrant and visually captivating image that pop culture has crafted around the women I idolize, I also remain very conscious of the underlying darkness that hides beneath the surface of their seemingly lighthearted images.
As a Finn, I grew up on satire, dark humor, and happy endings and that is well reflected in my work. At first glance, my cartoonish mixed media paintings may depict my subject’s pop culture image perfectly, which is usually colorful, ditzy, and lacking in substance, but I am actually satirizing our perceptions of my female heroines. We are all guilty of prioritizing a person’s image over the narrative.
I choose to work with acrylics, rhinestones and glitters because their vibrant hues and textures are well suited for creating eye-catching artworks that are unique to me, and perfect for the subject matter. Just like the women I paint, I am an unconventional woman in the eyes of my society and with my art practice I want to invite viewers to look past the glittering images and see the depth and complexity of the women I paint, myself included. “
Next, Heini’s watercolor series “Fantasy Collection” was inspired by history, fairytales, and her travels around the world.
Her second watercolor art collection, “Narratives in Colour” was heavily influenced by her air hostess career in the Middle East, where she was exposed to more artistic inspiration than she ever could have hoped for. Narratives in Colour consists of several colorful original artworks depicting people in historical and modern contexts.
Heini’s portrait collection, “Then and Now Portraits” consists of acrylic canvas art and limited editions. As one of the many talented history-inspired women artists, Heini played with a thought imagining how the historical characters would like to be portrayed in our modern era.