Helen Gerardia

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Helen Gerardia
Helen Gerardia - ca. 1956.jpg
Helen Gerardia, ca. 1956, photographed by Oliver Baker
Born 1903
Ekaterinoslav, Russia
Died 1988 (aged 84–85)
Nationality American
Known for Painting

Helen Gerardia (1903-1988) was a Russian-born American painter.

Early life and education[edit]

She was born in Ekaterinoslav, Russia in 1903.[1] She immigrated to the United States and studied under Hans Hoffman from 1946-7.[2]


During her career, she painted and also engaged in lithography and etching. She eventually founded the Gerardia Workshop, where she taught a variety of mediums.[2]

Gerardia was a member of the Vectors artist group.[3] From 1967 until 1969, she was president of the American Society of Contemporary Artists.[4] She exhibited her work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where her work was described as showing "good arrangement," and being "visually pleasing." She was called an "industrous artist," by one critic.[2]

Later life and legacy[edit]

She died in 1988.[1]


She was primarily a painter, and participated in the Abstract expressionist movement early in her career while studying under Hans Hoffman. In the early 1950s, she leaned more towards the Cubism movement. Gerardia used geometric shapes in much of her work and used the colors black and white primarily. She started incorporating more color into her paintings starting in 1959, including lavendar, which renders heavily into her works of the early 1960s. She emphasized negative space frequently in her work, which was featured prominently due to her choice use of color.[2]

Notable collections[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Helen Gerardia". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "Helen Gerardia ( 1903 - 1993 )". Butler Art Collection. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  3. ^ Ashton, Dore. "Serigraph Society Display is at Museum." New York Times (1923-Current file), May 07 1959, p. 30. ProQuest. Web. 20 July 2018
  4. ^ "Helen Gerardia". Asheville Art Museum. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Ballerina". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 2 January 2016.