Helen Lieros

Helen Lieros – Biography

1958/62 Studied at Ecole des Beaux Arts, Geneva
1960 First Prize, Association of Women Artists, awarded by the Swiss Government
1961/62 Prix de Holzer & Bursary – State Scholarship
1962 Diploma and Arts Degree with Honours, Geneva
1962/3 Scholarship to the Institute da Statale d’Arte, Florence, awarded by the Italian Government
1964 Returned home and taught at Chaplin School, Gweru for three years
1985/86 Perfectionment Artistique, Ecole Superieure D’Art Visuel, Geneva: Awarded for improvisation of materials, pigments, colour and painting
1967/2009 Lives and works in Harare

Workshops

1977/79/84/85/89 Attended Centre des Gravure Contemporaine, Geneva. Etching with D. Diovorne, Ecole Superieure D’Art Visual, Geneva.
1990 Invited Artist in Residence, Wanganui Summer Workshop, New Zealand.

Commissions

1967 Executed four large murals at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Harare.
1996-2002 Executed murals (fresco secco) for the entire Greek Orthodox Cathedral at Maputo, Mozambique.
2008 Invited to return to Maputo to undertake new wall paintings in Greek Orthodox Cathederal.

Permanent Collections

Permanent Collection, National Gallery of Zimbabwe.
The Cabinet des Estamps and Centre de la Gravure, Geneva.
Museum of African Arts, Paris.
Wilfredo Lam Museum, Cuba.
Mini-Print International, Cadaques, Spain.
Pinakothiki Sophia Laskaridou, Athens

Exhibitions (Solo)

Year        Exhibition

1966      Naikes’ Gallery, Bulawayo.

1968      Polworth’s Galleries, Harare.

1970      Barbour’s Gallery, Harare.

1970      Stoa Texnis Gallery, Athens.

1972/75 Tara Arts & Seven Arts, Harare.

1973      Diogenes International Galleries, Athens.

1979      Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare.

1983      Selected works, PG Gallery, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare.

1985      Galerie Chausse Coqs, Geneva.

1991      Major Retrospective Exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare.

1995      “Diary of an Inheritance” Gallery Delta, Harare

1995      “Antithesis”, Mayfair Gallery, London.

1998      “Logos – The Word – Gallery Delta, Harare.

2004      Retrospective Exhibition – a selection of paintings and graphics over three decades 1974 -2004, Gallery Delta, Harare.

2004      “Diaspora” Sophia Laskaridou Pinakothiki (State Gallery) Athens, Greece.

2005      ‘Aeons,’ National Gallery of Zimbabwe.

2007      ‘Antithesis,’Sophia Laskaridou Pinakothiki, Athens, Greece.

Exhibitions (Group)

Year        Exhibition

1967      Federation of British Artists, London.

1971      Rhodesian Art, Beira, Mozambique.

1971      The National Annual Exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe and frequently in ensuing years to present.

1972      American Embassy, Athens.

1974      Young Artists of Promise, Athens

1974      The First Circle Exhibition, Harare.

1975      Rhodesian Select Exhibition, Ned-Art Gallery, Johannesburg.

1975      Graphics and Drawing Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare

1975      Art Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare

1976      Exhibition Arta, Gallery Delta, Harare

1976      Select Rhodesian Artist’s Exhibition, Rand Show.

1977      Art Exhibition, Gallery Delta,, Harare

1977      Aspects from Geneva, Gallery Delta, Harare

1977      Summer Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare

1977      Environmental and Experimental Exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare.

1978      Emergent Art, Gallery Delta, Harare

1979      International Etching Exhibition, Centre de la Gravure, Geneva

1979      Art Forms, Gallery Delta, Harare

1980      Art Zimbabwe Exhibition, National Pavilion, Rand Show, Johannesburg.

1980      Expo 80: Graphics, Paintings, Ceramics and Sculpture, Gallery Delta, Harare

1980      Creative Forms, Gallery Delta, Harare

1980      Aspects from Geneva 2, Gallery Delta, Harare

1981      Art Do Zimbabwe, Maputo, Mozambique.

1981      Graphics and Paintings Gallery Delta, Harare

1981      Summer Exhibition Gallery Delta, Harare

1981/83  Recent Zimbabwean Literary & Art Exhibition, London and touring UK.

1981/82  Commonwealth Overseas League Exhibition, London.

1982      Art Forms 82, Gallery Delta, Harare

1982      Paintings, Graphics and Ceramics, Gallery Delta, Harare

1983      Solidarity Week, Beira, Mozambique.

1983      Spirit of Zimbabwe Exhibition, London.

1983      International All Africa Painting Exhibition, Dakar, Senegal (Award Winner, Second Prize).

1984      Black and White, Gallery Delta, Harare

1984      Contemporary Graphics, Gallery Delta, Harare

1985      Contemporary Graphics, Gallery Delta, Harare

1985      Form and Symbol, Gallery Delta, Harare

1985      Centre Genevois de la Gravure Contemporaine, Geneva.

1986      National Gallery of Zimbabwe Annual (NAM) Baringa Exhibition: (Special Mention in recognition of an artist who has made significant individual contribution “towards pinnacles of excellence in contemporary Zimbabwean art”).

1986      Wilfredo Lam Museum (Cuban Biennale).

1986      Mini-Print (Graphics) International, Cadaques, Spain and USA.

1986      Graphics 86, Gallery Delta, Harare

1986      Painting, Sculptures and Ceramics, Gallery Delta, Harare

1986      Contemporary Zimbabwean Art, Gallery Delta, Harare

1987      Platform 5 Images, Gallery Delta, Harare

1987      Paintings and Sculptures, Gallery Delta, Harare

1988      Paintings, Gallery Delta, Harare

1988      Graphics, Gallery Delta, Harare

1988      National Gallery of Zimbabwe Travelling Exhibition – New Delhi, India.

1988      Zimbabwe Heritage Exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare.

1989      Zimbabwe Heritage Exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Award of Merit (Painting), Award of Merit (Graphics).

1990      Zimbabwe Heritage Exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, First Recipient of the President’s Award of Honour.

1990      Commonwealth Arts Festival & Symposium, Auckland, New Zealand: One of 5 Zimbabwean artists invited to participate.

1990     Graphics, Gallery Delta, Harare

1990      Mini-Print International Exhibition, Cadaques, Spain.

1990      The New Decade, Gallery Delta, Harare

1990      The Summer Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare.

1991      Zimbabwe Heritage Exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Invited Artist. First of five selected artists presented to HM Queen Elizabeth II.

1991      The Summer Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare.

1992      Small Works by Prominent Artists, Gallery Delta, Harare.

1992      Contrasts, Gallery Delta, Harare

1992/94  Zimbabwe Heritage Exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe: Invited Artist.

1992      War on Want, Savannah Gallery, London.

1992      Hope and Optimism Portfolio, Oxford, England.

1993      Graphics Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare

1993      Prominent Artists, Gallery Delta, Harare

1993      8 African Women Artists, Savannah Gallery, London.

1994      Graphics Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare

1994      The Land Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare

1994      Prominent Artists Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare

1994      Summer Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare

1995      Gallery Delta – 20 Years, Gallery Delta, Harare

1995      Johannesburg Biennale, Zimbabwe Participant.

1996      The Land, The Landmark, The Landscape, Gallery Delta, Harare

1996      Contemporary Art in Zimbabwe Today, Gallery Delta, Harare

1996      Summer Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare

1997      Graphics Exhibition, Gallery Delta

1997      Prominent Artists Exhibition, Gallery Delta

1997      Landscape – The Changing Scene, Gallery Delta

1997      Summer Exhibition, Gallery Delta

1997      MBCA Decade of Award Winners, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare

1998      Crossing Boundaries, The International Museum of Twentieth Century Art, Unesco Headquarters, Paris and Expo, Lisbon – representing Zimbabwe

1998      The Graphics Group Exhibition, Gallery Delta

1998      The Prominent Artists’ Exhibition, Gallery Delta

1998      Invited Artist, First Biennale, National Gallery of Zimbabwe

1999      Works on Paper Exhibition – Gallery Delta

1999      Festival Exhibition – Gallery Delta

1999      The Land Exhibition – Gallery Delta

1999      Prominent Artists Exhibition, Gallery Delta

1999      The Eve of the New Millennium Exhibition, Gallery Delta

2000      Works on Paper Exhibition Gallery Delta

2000      Gallery Delta – 25th Anniversary Exhibition

2000      Earth Vision Exhibition – Gallery Delta

2000      Post Election Selection – Gallery Delta

2000      Ikons, Gallery Delta

2000      The summer Exhibition – Gallery Delta

2001      Art from Zimbabwe. Art in Zimbabwe. Iwalelwa House University of Bayreuth, Germany.

2001      Eclectic – Gallery Delta

2001      Wargames – Gallery Delta with Arthur Azevedo

2001      The Summer Exhibition, Gallery Delta

2002      Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Greece

2002      The Small Works – View Point/Split Image Exhibition, Gallery Delta

2002      Explorations II, Gallery Delta

2002      Totems Exhibition, Gallery Delta

2002      The Summer Exhibition, Gallery Delta

2003      Olympiad 2004, Gallery Delta

2003      Landscape Paintings, Gallery Delta

2003      Small Works – Insight, Gallery Delta

2003      Ikons Exhibition, Gallery Delta

2003      The Summer Exhibition, Gallery Delta

2004      The Collector’s Exhibition, Gallery Delta

2004      Fight Aids, Celebrate Life, Gallery Delta

2004      A Collection of Small Works, Gallery Delta

2004      Works on Paper – Drawings and Graphics, Gallery Delta

2004      The Collector’s Exhibition, Gallery Delta

2004      Fight Aids, Celebrate Life, Gallery Delta

2004      A Collection of Small Works. Gallery Delta

2004      Old and Modern, Gallery Delta

2004      Legacy, Pasinger Fabrik, Munich, Germany

2004      The Summer Exhibition, Gallery Delta

2005      Books, Words and Writings, Gallery Delta

2005      Gallery Delta 30years, Gallery Delta

2005      Black and White, Gallery Delta

2005      Small Works, Gallery Delta

2005      Landmark, Gallery Delta

2005      The Summer Exhibition, Gallery Delta

2006      Fragments of the Past – Lost Words, Lost Letters, Lost People: (With Marcos Villalta Pucci) Harare International Festival of Arts, National Gallery of Zimbabwe.

2005      Frame within a Frame, Gallery Delta

2005      Expediency, Gallery Delta

2005      The Post Election Selection, Gallery Delta

2005      A Select Collection

2006      Rembrandt: An African Response on his 400th Birthday, Gallery Delta

2006      Drawings and Graphics, Gallery Delta

2006      A Select Collection, Gallery Delta

2007      Peace Through Unity In Diversity, Gallery Delta

2008      The Summer Exhibition, Gallery Delta

2009      The Land, Gallery Delta

Publications

Illustrated catalogues: National Gallery of Zimbabwe.
Arts Rhodesia, National Arts Foundation of Rhodesia, 1978.
Arts Zimbabwe, National Arts Foundation of Zimbabwe 1982.
Insight (Jan 1983) and other Newsletters of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.
Inflight Air Zimbabwe Magazine – cover.
Le Soleil, Dakar, 1983.
Africa Asia, Encyclopaedia Zimbabwe,1986.
Zimbabwean Stone Sculpture, Celia Winter-Irving, 1990.
Zimbabwe Heritage Catalogue 1990 – cover.
10 Jahre Zimbabwe Emotion and Kunst, Marie and Christian Schlaga, 1990.
Helen of Gweru, Fiona Lloyd, South Africa, 1991.
Article by the Artist, Southern African Art 1992.
Zimbabwean Women in Contemporary Culture, Diary, 1992.
Greek Artists Abroad, produced and published by the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Athens.
Africa World Art Review, Arts and Culture, 1993.
Gallery Magazine No. 4, and others in the series, Gallery Publications, 1995.
Zimbabwe: Legacies of Stone, Past and Present volumne II, Geert G. Bourgois, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium, 1997.
Gallery Magazine No 20 ,“Painting the Self”, Gallery Publications, 1999.
Gallery Magazine No 30, “Helen Lieros at Home”, Gallery Publications 2001.

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