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Daniel Airam
Harold Altman
Ugo Baracco
Thomas Barbey
Richard Baumann
Alexander Befelein
Giovanni Casadei
Judith De Zanger
Jon deMartin
Steve Dreyer
Robert Farber
Marcel Favreau
Kathy Fieramosca
Ruth Franklin
Johnny Friedlaender
Arturo Garcia
Alain Gaudin
Alfred González
Tony Graham
Ellen Granter
Julie Harvey
S. Hetreau
Makie Hino
Joseph Holston
Don Hong-Oai
Laurent Hours
Pierre Jacquelin
Peter Jogo
Parish Kohanim
Armin Landeck
Martin Lewis
Hely Lima
Edwin Lynch
Eduardo Malara
Jean Michel Mathieux- Marie
Frederick Mershimer
Henry Moore
John Morfis
Pam Moxley
Pablo Picasso
Paul Plante
Dede Reed
Kaoru Saito
Gaylord Schanilec
Lynn Shaler
John Sloan
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Carole Teller
Natalie Torselli
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Albeir Woda
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Hely Lima

Hely Lima was born in Salvador, Brazil and worked in Rio de Janeiro before moving to New York in 1970. Even as a child, he was fascinated by elaborate fantasy building projects, where he transformed everyday objects into elements of dream landscapes.Lima moved to Rio at 18 and began working for Paramount Films in Brazil as an ad and poster designer. Soon he established his own art studio, working with clients like J. Arthur Rank, Varig Airlines and British Airways. Lima also made trailers for American films for the Brazilian market, created publicity campaigns for films and television shows, and used silk-screen techniques for display and theater promotion. He also wrote and directed a short theatrical film which was awarded the student-body prize at Pontificia Catholic University in 1967.

Although he had previously refused an offer from Samuel Bronson to work in Madrid, Lima (like many Brazilian artists) felt pressure from the repressive military regime ruling Brazil in the late 1960’s, and decided to leave for a short time. Lima went to Paris, but felt uncomfortable in the highly politicized world of Brazilian émigrés there and accepted an invitation to stay with a friend in Chicago. He arrived in New York in 1970 and has been a resident ever since. “New York’s open, expressive atmosphere made me feel at home immediately” says Mr. Lima.

He began creating small works about colonial Brazil for Henri Bendel and the David Field Gallery in Greenwich Village. His first one-man show was at the Fabian Gallery on Madison Avenue in 1974. The theme of that show was old Brazilian movie theaters, and the actress Jane Powell hosted the opening reception. For his second one-man show at Fabian Gallery in 1976, Lima changed his focus to New York street scenes.

Following his success in New York, Lima had two one-man shows at Galerie Jean-Pierre Lavignes in Paris, where he sold works to many prominent European collectors, including the Duke of Bedford. In 1981, he had a sell-out show at Tokyo’s prestigious Seibu Gallery. He has also shown at the Alabama Museum of Art in Birmingham; Duke University; Futura Gallery in Stockholm, Sweden; Municipal Art Society in New York; Zoma Gallery, New York (where Lima was a partner with Herbert Zohn); John Szoke Gallery, New York. Since 1986, Lima had been exclusively represented by Uptown Gallery until their closing in 2009, where Lima moved to Gallery 71.

Hely Lima's constructions are a mass of conflicting impressions. There are quiet neighborhoods with Mom-and-Pop grocery stores, little worlds unto themselves, and there is the ever-changing streetscape, with giant cranes and construction crews demolishing familiar neighborhoods. There are rainy nights with glittering reflections and crowded subways. The closely observed details and the witty commentary make Lima's art difficult to generalize. A French critic wrote: "Lima's work is a combination of painting, sculpture and theater". Adding to the unexpected tone is Lima's clever use of found objects; old computer parts, clothing snaps, hardware to represent the machinery and architectural details of the ever-evolving city. He believes in transforming everyday objects into a different representation of urban life.Most important to Lima's work is the human connection to their setting.


Hely Lima - Dog-Day Afternoon
Dog-Day Afternoon
30 x 32 x 6.5 in.  
Mixed Media Construction 
Hely Lima - Last Movie Shown
Last Movie Shown
32 x 15.5 x 7 in.  
Mixed Media Construction 
Hely Lima - Winter Light
Winter Light
18 x 27 x 4 in.  
Mixed Media Construction 
Hely Lima - Old Subway Station
Old Subway Station
28 x 29 x 7 in.  
Mixed Media Construction 
Hely Lima - Sunday Brunch at the Diner
Sunday Brunch at the Diner
24.5 x 28.5 x 6 in.  
Mixed Media Construction Sold
Hely Lima - Filming Sex and the City
Filming Sex and the City
24.5 x 28.5 x 6 in.  
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Hely Lima - Double Feature
Double Feature
30.5 x 16.5 x 8.25 in.  
Mixed Media Construction 
Hely Lima - Artists and Models
Artists and Models
32 x 16 x 5.5 in.  
Mixed Media Construction Sold
Hely Lima - Stormy Night
Stormy Night
33.25 x 27.5 x 7.75 in.  
Mixed Media Construction 

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