Amy Van Helden | About
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About Amy van Helden

I am an American artist and have been a resident of Argentina for the past 22 years. I obtained a BFA degree with a concentration in painting and printmaking from the University of Michigan in 1979. I had my first individual art show in 1991 at the Luigi Marrozzini Gallery in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, where I lived for 11 years before moving to Argentina in 1997. I have had numerous individual art shows in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and have participated in many collective exhibitions and art fairs. My artwork is found in private collections in the US, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Chile and Uruguay. I define my work as geometric abstraction and I have been painting in this vein since 1990. In the year 2012 I was awarded a Pollock-Krasner foundation grant for the year 2013. In 2012 I received the Arte Espacio prize in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I work as a K-12 Visual Arts teacher at BAICA – Buenos Aires International Christian Academy. My visual language is within the realm of geometric abstraction. I find this to be the perfect milieu in which I can work with simple forms, without distractions, and in which I can experiment with the pictorial elements that inspire me the most: color, texture, pattern and movement. Many of these colors and forms have been inspired by indigenous textiles, especially the ones from Guatemala, a place I have visited often. In my paintings and watercolors I strive to create a kind of visual and musical poetry of color and movement. I like to call this poetry of color «coloreography» because it combines, precisely, color and choreography.