Lazuline, Blue Quartzite

Lazuline, Blue Quartzite

We are deeply saddened to report that on May 28, 2018, the celebrated stone artist known as Eino (Romppanen) passed away.

Born in Finland in 1940, Eino survived the Russian invasion of his country known as the Winter War. Eino, along with 35,000 Finnish children were sent to Sweden as refugees, only to be returned to Finland two years later.

In 1962, Eino immigrated to America and studied sculpture at Santa Monica City College.

During this period, while learning about others, he also learned about himself.

It was at this point that he began his lifetime journey to become one of the preeminent stone artists of modern times.

Eino loved his art, and he was loved by the world for his art. 

His family, his many friends and patrons and his fellow sculptors mourn the passing of a legend.