Timo Rannali was born in Finland but grew up in Kawerau. Right from his earliest recollections he has had a passion for art. He was a primary school teacher for many years and his artwork is hugely influenced by the time he spent teaching. He was fascinated by the honesty and vibrancy of children's work and wanted to adopt these elements in his artwork, but from an adult perspective. Consequently he loves to re-interpret his environment in a naïve and stylized form with a strong use of vivid colour.
Timo is a full time artist and currently lives in Mount Maunganui. He is also a director of Timo Design which produces iconic Kiwi images as prints and greeting cards.