Teemu Kassila’s first encounter with art and painting originated already in primary school at the Rudolf Steiner School in Helsinki, Finland. He later took classes of art and painting in the Waldorf Institute in England and in the USA. During this time, he discovered new sources of inspiration, e.g. natural healing, spirituality and authentic Native American studies, which all influenced his work.
His family background naturally guided him towards a career in art,; with a father who was a well-recognized film director, and a mother who worked as an actress and art designer. Consequently he also dabbled in the arts of acting and directing, but finally decided on painting as medium of expression. He complimented his earlier knowledge and experiences by taking private art lessons with some of the most prominent artists in Finland.