Since 1975 more than 250 solo exhibitions in 25 countries, 80 solo exhibitions in Finland and 140 abroad. Though she comes from a small Finnish village, Soil Yli-Mayry has conquered the world with her dazzling and soulful paintings, winning collecotrs and fans throughout Asia, South America, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States.
She brings together Symbolism, Expressionism and Surrealism in a heady and entrancing mix, her works bursting with color, emotion and invention. It's possible to see similarities to Paul Klee as her works pulsate with signs, floating shapes and primitive, child-like figures, but her paintings are more tumultouous, her figures more vulnerable. Joan Miro too comes to mind. But her figures are broken and at sea, their images like indecipherable messages scrawled on cave walls thousands of years ago, calling out across the ages to be interpreted.