The Toivakka Church was built between 1879 and 1882. The interiors were refurbished in 1923, when the angel paintings designed by Alvar Aalto were added on the ceilings. The current ceiling paintings are by artist Pellervo Lukumies 1972–1973. The church was last painted and given its current appearance in the 1990s.
Pellervo Lukumies is a Finnish artist, born in Toivakka in 1935, whose best-known work is probably the ceiling paintings in the Toivakka Church. Initially, his task was to restore the original paintings designed by Alvar Aalto. However, due to some miscommunication, he repainted them reflecting his own soul and personality. The paintings were inspired by pop-art, the Bible and the Finnish national epic Kalevala, and they remain to this day Toivakka’s main attraction. Other works by Pellervo Lukumies are on display at the Toivakka Library and the municipal council hall.