In his native Finland where he was born in 1940, Eino showed an early love for drawing and carving. In 1962, after coming to the United States, Eino realized that his life's purpose was to sculpt. He has devoted most of his adult life to carving marble. Eino's stone sculptures, numbering in the hundreds, are carved from various marbles including Yule, Georgia, Arizona, California, Vermont and Italian. He has also worked extensively with Mexican Onyx, using it for one of his largest bodies of work, the "Nature Series."
His art emanates from a mind that draws inspiration from, and is constantly renewed by, nature. In his work, Eino ventures into areas of marble sculpting that have not yet been explored by other sculptors. It is during these "speculative journeys" that Eino has created works of art that express dimensions of light and space equal in proportion to the mass of the stone. The pieces that emerge from his studio are distinctive because of the delicate balance between positive and negative space within the sculpture. While many stone carvers incorporate negative space around a piece, Eino often places it exquisitely inside of the body, resulting in a work, which the mass seems supported by the space.
Often considered a difficult, restrictive medium, Eino finds marble exciting and challenging. "I am not allowed to make mistakes in marble," he says. "Marble, like art itself, requires discipline and patience. You cannot rush the process."
The artist has completed numerous bronze busts for both public and private collections, as well as several life-size bronze figures. Eino is one of few artists who does all of his own bronze casting. He believes that the more he learns of the technical aspects of his work, the freer he can be in the creative process.
Once again seeking to "push the envelope," Eino has set for himself a new challenge within this medium. In an upcoming project, he will endeavor to produce a life-size figure in a single pour. Other artists have rarely, if ever, attempted this.
Eino uses his body as a tool for his art. To balance the physical and mental intensity of marble sculpting, the artist uses daily long-distance running and a well-balanced diet as part of his personal maintenance. His creative planning often begins during these early morning runs in the mountains of northern Georgia. Running frees his mind to create, to reflect, and to be inspired by the land and its beauty.