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HEISKA, JONAS
(1873 - 1937)
artist
 

Jonas Heiska (1873-1937), an artist, was born at the Heiska house in Toivakka where he spent his childhood and teenage years. Jonas suffered from illnesses during childhood and as a result he was burdened with a permanent deformity, a hunchback. Heiska's artistic and intellectual talent manifested itself as early as childhood and his parents were urged to send Jonas to school. After studies at the Jyväskylä Lyceum Heiska moved to the Ateneum, rendering him the first person from Central Finland to become a painter. Heiska's teachers included Eero Järnefelt. Later on Heiska also studied in Paris. Jonas Heiska took part in annual exhibitions arranged by the Helsinki Artists' Association and represented Finland at Paris World's Fair in 1900. After study tours to Europe Heiska returned to Toivakka to paint in the vicinity of his home farm. From Toivakka he moved to Jyväskylä, where the Heiska artist's home was completed. In 1920 he married Maikki Aro, a teacher of singing and music. Jonas Heiska's daughter Vappu Heiska, also an artist, lived and worked in the house after her father. The Heiska artist's home in Jyväskylä was opened to the public in 1998. Vappu Heiska bequeathed her atelier home and property to the City of Jyväskylä, expressing the wish that the home should become part of the town's museum complex. The artist's home is maintained by the Museum of Central Finland.


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