Helena Almeida, the artist who broke the limits of art

April 22, 2021 at 06:05 a.m.

 

With its multidisciplinarity, the Portuguese artist Helena Almeida became part of his work.

The technique that distinguished her from the rest was to use herself in photographs, videos and carefully constructed stage works.

Sometimes he used all his body, sometimes just the lower part of his torso, legs or an arm, but in a totally different way than what we are used to seeing in self-portraits.

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Helena Almeida was born in Lisbon in 1934 and has always belonged to the art world. His father was Leopoldo de Almeida, a prominent sculptor, who sometimes used her as a model.

He studied at the School of Fine Arts in Lisbon and in 1967 he held his first painting exhibition, but from that moment on he sought to break the limits of space.

When her father died in 1975, she inherited his studio in Lisbon, and it became an important part of her work (until the end of her days) as it was a place of experimentation that was steeped in her personal history.

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His obsession became to get out of the margins of the traditional painting, to expand as much as he could, and thus he became part of the work, mixing his portraits with colorful and intense brushstrokes.

Almeida explored other disciplines where the relationship of the work and the author could be better, so he combined painting, photography, design and performance.

Some of her best known works are black and white photographs of herself to which she added blue paint in various parts, for example, her face or coming out of her mouth.

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Helena Almeida was obsessive about her work, since she knew that she had to create and by her side she always had her husband, the artist Arturo Rosa, who took thousands of photos of her so that she would have a starting point to work on the image.

He explored various resources, but he always returned to his body, to his great tool, until the day he died, on September 25, 2018.

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