Helen Zhong 鍾海倫
Helen Zhong is an Asian-Hispanic contemporary artist. Fine art, sculpture, design, performance, digital art, her artistic practice and unique life experience challenge an individual’s character and customs as she researches how the notions of identity and cultural heritage influence us under different circumstances.
Helen was born in Liaoning, China, raised in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and now resides between Spain and the USA. Her talent, sensitivity and leadership took her to found Studio Helen Zhong, and has since consolidated art projects with Fortune 400+ companies, multinationals such as Coca Cola, Tiffany & Co., Sony, Johnson & Johnson, Marriott Group and Melia Group has trusted in her.
Helen has used her varied creative skills to contribute artistic and emotional value to the society. Her sense of mission both as an artist and leader took her to establish projects with professionals from diverse background and ethnicities. In 2022 she received the certificate in entrepreneurship from Harvard.
On January 1st 2023 Helen Zhong became the first Chinese-Bolivian artist on Times Square New York, during the worldwide iconic new year’s eve celebration. Since then she continues to cultivate her artistic languages showcasing her art in galleries, museums, public institutions and has been giving back to the creative community through education. Helen recently accepted to give a speech at Duke University Kushan China.
Technique and style
Helen Zhong sees her diverse skills as different tools of expression. She says:
“ I strive to choose the perfect combination of tools that best delivers my message. ”
She often finds herself reaching for the medium of painting, her compositions are bold, often with geometric shapes and full of colors. Helen’s style is often reminiscent of the works of Vassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Max Bill and Robert Delaunay while influenced by her Asian and Latin American culture background. In her recent work ‘Santa Cruz y Helen’ she represented the green flag of the city where she grew up with countless shades of green, which remind of the forests of the country under the newly renovated infrastructures. Her work is vivid, fluid and untamed, undoubtedly moving in the unified direction of her train of thought.
Regarding performance and happenings. In her performance The Most Comfortable Me, she sat on a chair in an uncomfortable position in front of the camera for 10 hours. Despite the discomfort, she was acting in a way that manifested restfulness, comfort, and ease. Altering her appearance is her way of drawing attention to her actions. While artists like Cindy Sherman would use a disguise to remove the “self”, Helen makes sure to intentionally retain her individuality. Shortly after the performance, Helen Zhong designed the sculpture The Folding Chair which was made to remind people that the artist and her conscience are very much present.
Helen Zhong imprints her authentic mark, empowering people and embracing cultures. She wishes to keep pushing her art to the edge while making a bold statement with each of her projects. Her artwork has a strong social aspect as she highly values reciprocity from both the audience and her collaborators. Therefore, Helen cordially welcomes people from different social and cultural backgrounds and with different identities while she continues to forge and cultivate an ever-growing family of creatives.
Contact for catalog, artwork details and availability