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Toyvo V. Ryannel was born on 25 October 1921 in the village of Tozerovo in the Toksovo District of the St. Petersburg Region. From 1928 to 1931 he went to Finnish national school. In 1931 his parents were exiled to the Krasnoyarsk Territory. From 1939 to 1941 he was a student of Omsk Art School. From 1941 to 1943 he worked as a school teacher of drawing, from 1943 to 1946 as a tehnical-geodesist with expeditions trust of the Ministry of Non-Ferrous Metallurgy. In 1946 Ryannel for the first time took part in the professional exhibition in the memory of V. Surikov in Krasnoyarsk. From 1946 to 1948 he worked as a teacher at V. I Surikov Krasnoyarsk Art School. In 1947 he became a member of the USSR Union of Artists. Since 1953 Ryannel has been taking part in Republican and All-Union exhibitions. His artist's works have been reproduced in well-known national magazines and abroad. The artist's works are exhibited in the picture galleries and art museums in Russia and abroad, some of them belong to the exhibition stock of the Ministries of Culture.

Ryannel works in different genres but he is most widely known as a landscape painter. His art works don't look alike but all of them are united by their subject: virgin nature of Siberia, the beauty of hearts and soul clearance of Siberian folk.

Nowadays the painter lives in Finland.