For Hely Lima,escaping from the conventional is almost an obsession.
Even in his successful commercial work in Rio de Janeiro creating film
and advertising posters, he became known for his original approach to
Lima's New York constructions present both the everyday and the
fantastic ... building sites and earthquakes, crowded subways and rainy
nights, all with carefully observed details of New York's visual feast. The
three-dimensional elements in his works highlight both the reality and the
fantasy of the scene, making his work hard to categorize. Hely Lima came
to New York after a stay in Paris, exhibiting first at David Field, a small
Gallery in Greenwich Village. Soon he was invited to show at Fabian
Gallery on Madison Avenue, where he had three one-man shows.Next he
exhibited at Galerie Jean-Pierre Lavignes in Paris, where posters of his
sassy New York scenes blanketed the City of Lights. A French critic wrote
of his sold out shows: "Lima's work is a combination of painting, sculpture
and theatre". Japanese critic Katzumie Masaru wrote a long, copiously
illustrated article for the magazine Graphic Design...and Mr Lima was
invited to show at Tokyo's prestigious Seibu Gallery. He also showed at
Zoma Gallery,( New York), Duke University, ( North Carolina), the
Alabama Museum of Art, the Municipal Art Society ( New York), the Szoke
Gallery (New York) and New York Historical Society.
Hely Lima creates his highly detailed streetscapes from conventional (paint,
wood, paper) and unconventional (computer chips, industrial supplies,
electronic parts) sources .He is as likely to be found rummaging through
industrial stores on Canal Street as in traditional art supply stores.
"My work reflects the constant change that is New York...tearing down,
building up and recycling in unexpected ways . Part of a computer may be
perfect as a subway car gear... just as today 's technology moves rapidly
and in different directions".
Newspapers, magazines and television shows have chronicled Mr. Lima' s
creative force .From articles in the New York Times ,New York Post, Daily
News and New York Magazine...to Paris'Le Figaro and Paris Match...from
NBC News to Diane Sawyer "Good Morning America", Mr Lima' s views of
New York have been recognized.
Mr.Lima's work is represented in many prominent collections all over the
In 1986 Mr Lima joined The Uptown Gallery (Madison Avenue and 87th
Street) where he had several one man shows and where his works can be
Mixing old and New
Giacometti and Botero
Dog day afternoon with Chase and
Duane in every block
Dog-Day Afternoon ( Detail)