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Maisons Laffitte (78), France
From letters to geometric shapes, words and characters, a huge number of elements go into Hélène Bautista's work, but it is the combination of white and black that creates the perfect balance found in her productions. The observer’s gaze delights in exploring the light and contrast.
Not only is Hélène Bautista an accomplished artist, but she is also the author and illustrator of a number of graphic novels and albums. With many strings to her bow, she guides us through a universe of sketches that are almost devoid of colour and yet incredibly striking.
From letters to images, we find words and ink in all their forms and all their states, constantly communicating through Hélène Bautista, speaking to one other.
We find the constant exploration of black and white, the artist searching for a balance or imbalance that will speak to her imagination, insatiably feeding on light and contrast. And occasionally colour. Images, the imaginary, and imagination, which summon the senses and invite meaning.
Master’s degree in Modern Literature, Comparative Literature (France/ Canada)
Aggregation of Modern Letters
Self-taught course in graphic and plastic arts
Training in engraving since 2013 at the Ateliers des Beaux-Arts (Paris)
* CMA of Paris "Engraving for Publishing"
Arts Stroll: Open house of the artists’ studios of Maisons Laffitte - September 9, 2018 Fête de l’Estampe - Galerie Bressigny (Angers - France) 17th Lesser World Art Print - Lessedra Gallery (Sofia - Bulgaria) Miniprint Kazanlak 2018 -Art Galerie Kazanlak (Sofia - Bulgaria) Exhibition at Le Verre à pied, with N.Sochos and S.Heslot (Paris 5 - France) Open house of the Belleville Artists’ Workshops (Paris 11 - France) FootPrint International Competition 2018 (Norwalk,Connecticut - United States) Solo exhibition at Charbonnel (Paris 5- France) Triennial Gentle Pruning Exhibition (Raymond Lafage Museum, Lisle-sur-Tarn- France) 18th Salon des Oeuvres sur Papier (Etampes - France) Authentic Marks - 2nd Annual International Print Exhibition (Dubai - Arab Emirates) Red dot Art Miniprint Exhibition (United Kingdom) Solo exhibition at the Zeitkunstgalerie (Halle - Germany) Salon L’Art et la Matière- section Gravure (Gironville-sur-Essonne - France) 65th Salon de Charenton (Charenton le Pont - France) "Di Carta", International biennial engraving festival (Palazzo Fogazzaro, Comune di Schio-Italy)
2018 : Biennale de l’Estampe de Saint-Maur (France) October 2017- January 2018
2017: On Paper Contest 2017 (Chicago - United States) July/August / Journée de l’Estampe Contemporaine (Paris - France) June / Salon "L’Art et la Matière" (Saint Pierre lès Nemours)
2016 : Print London (Ontario- Canada) / Biennale de la gravure de Dreux (France) / Collaborations with Sous-Sol Editions (Ghent, Belgium) / Cascade Print Exchange VIII (Oregon, United States) / International Biennal Print Exhibit 2016 ROC (Taiwan) / 9 Hand Press Print Exchange 2016 (United States) / "Linocut Today" 2016 - Graphic Arts Prize of the City of Bietigheim-Bissigen (Germany) / Concours 2016- 5th Edition - International Prize for Picture Books. (Edelvives Publishing, Spain) / 2nd Bienal Internacional de Miniprint- Laguna Paiva 2016 (Argentina) / IlustrArte16 (Lisbon) / Un Seul grain de riz, exhibition - Galerie Métanoïa (Paris) / Mail Art Print, Inkprint Group, 2nd edition, Porto (Portugal) / Enter into Art 2016, exhibitions, in Cologne, Nassau and Diez (Germany) / 8ème Salon des Arts, Centre culturel Montesquieu, Maisons Laffitte
2015: IPE Exchange 2015, Green Door Printmaking Studio, Derby (England) / Le Mois de l’estampe à Rueil-Malmaison, Graver Maintenanant/ Biennale des Mansonniens, Ancienne Eglise-Centre Ianchelevici, Maisons Laffitte