Ilona Anhava founded Galerie Anhava in 1991 and it soon became one of the leading galleries of contemporary art in Helsinki. During its first years, Galerie Anhava sought to provide a platform especially for emerging Finnish artists, and, on the other hand, the gallery also featured more established foreign artists who were not known in Finland. Over the years, many of the emerging artists who started with Galerie Anhava have become established names. Before founding Galerie Anhava, Ilona worked in Galerie Artek from 1981 to 1991. She was a member of the board from 1984 to 1991. She has a Master of Law degree (University of Helsinki, 1978), and she has also studied art history, aesthetics and literature. Ilona Anhava heads Galerie Anhava's program, strategic planning, and artist and customer relations.
Hanna Huitu has been with the gallery since 2003. Previously she has worked at the University of Art and Design Helsinki and the City of Espoo. Hanna holds the following degrees: M. Soc. Sci. Political Science (University of Helsinki, 2011), MA Electronic Photojournalism (University of Art and Design, 2004) and BA (Hons) Photography (University of Derby, UK, 2000). Hanna has also studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem (1999) and Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina (2002). Hanna is responsible for the gallery's exhibition and art fair production, financial administration, as well as for the strategic planning and the artist relations together with Ilona Anhava.
Päivi Lappalainen is responsible for producing the gallery's exhibition and art fair projects. She also coordinates Galerie Anhava's communications and manages online presence. Päivi has a Master's degree in art history (MA, University of Helsinki, 2010) and a Bachelor's degree in communications and marketing (BBA, Haaga University of Applied Sciences, 2004). Before joining the team in 2014, Päivi worked with exhibition and event production, communications and content creation in the field of visual arts, e.g. in Frame, Vantaa Art Museum and Forum Box, as well as in freelance and project assignments in various art organizations.