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
familiar subjects.

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 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
seen now.
Mixing old and New
Giacometti and Botero
Dog day  afternoon with Chase and
Duane in every  block
Dog-Day Afternoon ( Detail)