Serigraph. Sam Vanni (1908-1992),(Finland) was a Finnish painter of Jewish origin. He is considered to be the pioneer of abstract art in Finland. n the 1940s Vanni started to move towards more abstract art. He was especially influenced by French artists like Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard. Sam Vanni was an active painter until his death in 1992. He was awarded by the Pro Finlandia and invited in the Academy of Finland in 1964..