Tapani Raittila is known in Finnish art as a modernist. However, he never moved to abstract expression. Raittila was a skillful drawer but he is also famous for his portraits.
Among others, Raittila painted Urho Kekkonen’s and Mauno Koivisto’s portraits and numerous self-portraits. Important themes for him were man, Cézanne influenced still lives, impressionistic landscapes and urban views.
In 1966, he was awarded the Pro Finlandia -medal and in 1985 the State Prize for Visual Arts. Raittila worked as the artistic expert of Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation 1978-1991. There are Tapani Raittila’s art works in all essential collections in Finland. Rovaniemi Art Museum has more than hundred drawings and paintings from him.