Akseli Gallen-Kallela was born on on April 26 th 1865 in Pori, Finland in a Swedish-speaking family and died on on March 7 th 1931 in Stockholm,Sweden (aged 65)
At the age of 11 he was sent to Helsinki to study at a grammar school, because his father opposed to his ambition to become a painter.
He married Mary Slöör in 1890. The couple had three children, Impi Marjatta, Kirsti and Jorma. On their honeymoon to East Karelia, Gallen-Kallela started collecting material for his depictions of Kalevala
In December 1894, Gallen-Kallela moved to Berlin to oversee the joint exhibition of his works with the works of Norwegian painter Edvard Munch. Here he became acquainted with the Symbolists.
Some famous paintings: Boy with a Crow (1884),The Old Woman and the Cat (1885), The Aino Triptych (1891), The Forging of the Sampo (1893), Kullervo's Curse (1899) and Shepherd Boy from Paanajärvi, 1892, oil on canvas