aka Virva E. Auvinen. I was born in Helsinki, Finland. I graduated 1999 from the University of Helsinki as an art historian and I have a MA degree from the department of New Media Design and Production at the University of Art and Design of Helsinki 2010.

After living for 14 years in Bologna, Italy, where I worked in IT and attended several comic book creation courses, I moved to Berlin 2011 where I live with my family and work as a designer and graphic novelist under the virva. brand.

Graphic Novelist

I love to discover stories about people, especially about women.

I work mainly on subjects that let people discover, with a smile, worlds that are faraway from them. The worlds that are difficult to grasp. I research historical documents and open the curtains to the parallel situations that people had back in the days and today, narrowing down the threshold to understand better diverse life situations in different historical contexts. I draw my inspiration for my illustrated stories from both the past and the present, capturing the feel of everyday life down the centuries. Learn More


I work at HERE Technology as a Lead Ux Designer, Services and Innovation and Design team in Berlin, Germany. I follow and assist the teams in the whole product circle from concept to release. I create quality designed experiences that focuses of ease of use and joyfulness. Learn More

My private work has won several international awards.
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