Sami Suomalainen was born in Tuupovaara, Finland. At the age of four Fazer Company awarded him with a prize for his first art competition. He completed his art education in Helsinki, Finland. His work includes commissions for portraits, landscapes and book illustrations. He has illustrated numerous books for children, sold worldwide in all major languages, including Chinese.
Sami's style is Impressionistic and He employs several mediums ranging from pen and ink to oils, water colors and acrylics. The following documentary films about the artist have been made by the Finnish National Television and Radio Association in Helsinki (1981), Rogers Cable Television in co-operation with the Canadian Multicultural Program in Toronto (1982), and by the National Broadcasting of Finland.
From 1986 to present Sami has had many art exhibitions in notable galleries in Toronto and Finland. Numerous collection in North America, Europe, and Scandinavia have his paintings, including Canadian Art Archives, in Ottawa. Govenor General of Canada and President of Finland are also proud owners of Sami's art.