Biography

Ilona Cutts (born Sampovaara) was born to a diplomatic family on July 2nd 1972 in Helsinki, Finland. When Ilona was 2 months old her family moved to Argentina. At age 3 Argentina was followed by Poland, and then the U.K at age 8. At age 12 her family moved to Mexico City where her love for Mexico began. Ilona lived in Mexico from age 12 – 18 and again as an adult from 1997-2014. Her +21 yrs in Mexico deeply impacted her being and the art she makes.

As her family was continually moving from country to country as a child, Ilona often felt alone as she had to say goodbye to her friends. So as not to feel lonely she began drawing at a very early age and found solice in the creatures she painted.

Ilona and her Mother have a very special bond. Her Mother collected Art and antiques and encouraged Ilona to see beauty all around observing nature and animals. Surrounded by art and antiques Ilona had the chance to observe and study art in many forms. Her Mother crossed over to the Other Side in 2016, their special bond continues.

Ilona’s paintings center on anthropomorphic creatures or girl like figures, surrounded by nature or objects of obscure symbolic and ethereal meaning. Her narrative storytelling is both cute and cruel, at times disclosing her own personal views on the delicate relationship between man and spirit nature.

Ilona received her BA in Fine Arts Degree from Kankaanpaa Arts School in Finland and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, U.K. Ilona’s paintings have been exhibited internationally and can be found in important collections such as the Oulu Museum of Modern Art in Oulu, Finland.

Ilona moved to the US in 2016. She and her husband John live in a romantic white house surrounded by nature and animals in Atlanta GA.

Ilona and her brother Mika, Argentina 1975

Ilona and her brother Mika, Argentina 1975

Ilona in Mexico 1991

Ilona in Mexico 1991

Ilona in her Studio in Atlanta, GA 2019

Ilona in her Studio in Atlanta, GA 2019