- About Ateneum
Wardi's humanist view of life is apparent in his work in which people play a central role. People are present in his city landscapes, too, but in them they are part of the landscape rather than individuals. Wardi started painting children in the 1950s when his daughter Eva was born. As his wife went to work during the day, Wardi looked after the daughter and worked at home where the daughter and her friends provided him with opportune inspiration. Wardi has also painted a series of interiors with nude and clothed women. He says that he paints life for which he needs people. His work can also be erotically charged, and he finds it useful to have a person available he wants to paint.