Wäinö Kunnas


Wäinö was the oldest of four children. In his youth, his family moved often, but finally settled down in Vyborg, where Wäinö continued his art studies that commenced in Sortavala. Even though art studies meant a lot for him, they were slowed down by the need to work for a living. After all, the studies needed financing.

Wäinö’s career in art was interrupted by the Civil War; he fought in the Red Guards. When the Reds lost the war, Wäinö’s position in Vyborg changed and he was no longer welcome to continue his studies. He moved to Helsinki, where he finished his studies, got married and had children. Wäinö’s eldest daughter, Kirsi Kunnas, is a well-known author of children’s books.  

More about online exhibition

Museum’s work group:
Mona Taipale, Satu Ståhlberg and Johanna Piipponen

Script for the online exhibition: Pauliina Veijalainen
The online exhibition’s script is based on the joint exhibition Barefoot of the Lappeenranta museums, which was scripted by Anna Kortelainen. The character texts of the online exhibition are based on the articles by Anna Kortelainen in the book Avojaloin – 20 tositarinaa Karjalan Kannakselta (publisher: Gummerus).

Graphic design: Päivi Veijalainen / Huhtikuu

Technical implementation: Marko Myllymäki / Atadone

Audio clip scripts: Anna Kortelainen

Audio clip readers:
Jukka Lehtinen
Liisa Lehtinen
Maria Lehtinen
Mikko Pirinen
Netta Salonsaari
Antti Taipale
Helmi Taipale
Mikko Taipale
Mona Taipale

Image copyrights:
Etelä-Karjalan museo (EKM)
Etelä-Karjalan taidemuseo (EKTM)
Lintulan luostari
National Board of Antiquities
Pietarin kaupunginmuseo
(State Museum of the History of St Petersburg. St Petersburg)
Ostrobothnian Museum
Border Museum
Finnish Labour Museum Werstas (TW)
Private collections

The exhibition is supported by the National Board of Antiquities