Like New York itself, 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 hard to describe. 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, like 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 aspect of urban life.
Most important to Lima's work is the human
connection to this amazing urbanscape. Even in
pieces where there are no visible people, the
personality of various New Yorkers is felt.
Hely Lima was born in Salvador, state of Bahia,
Brazil's oldest city. He moved to Rio de Janeiro to
attend university. Then he began working for
Paramount Films as an ad and poster designer.
Soon he established his own art studio, working for
clients like J. Arthur Rank, Varig Airlines and British
United Airways. He created posters for Argentinean
film director Carlos Hugo Christensen, from whom
he learned the craft of movie making.
Mr Lima made a short experimental film which won
first prize at a university-sponsored film festival. He
quickly became an expert at creating trailers for the
Brazilian market for J. Arthur Rank Films. His bold
style created some friction with the repressive,
conservative military government, and he moved to
Paris briefly before coming to New York.
Hillary Clinton, Hely Lima,