Palonen is a well known and multitalented artist. In addition to visual
art, she has a natural flare for the performing arts, and her skills as
a writer are undeniable.
In 1992 Riikka graduated as Master of Arts from the University of
Industrial Arts, Helsinki, department of photographic art. Even as a
student she stood apart from the crowd as for her ability to boldly and
phenomenally express her own pains and emotions in her art.
She worked for a while as a freelance photgrapher, concentrating mainly
on theatrical photography. In this role she was never satisfied with
merely documenting a production, rather using the medium to capture and
express the very feeling of the performance.
Following some dramatic changes in her life, Riikka bade goodbye to the
big city, and returned to her countryside roots. At this time the focus
of her interest also changed. Drawing both on her own experiences, as
well as folk history, its art and handicraft culture, Riikka
concentrated more on painting, drawing, and textile-based art.
At the core of Riika Palonen's multifaceted artistic expression lie a
deep personal vision, precise observation of the world around her and a
style which, whilst it draws on and respects tradition, still maintains
a true originality.
Riikka Palonen's works are at the same time both sensitive and
powerful, - a description which could equally be applied to the
personality of the artist herself.
-Magi Viljanen, valokuvataiteilija