Helene Mukhtar in her studio
Helene in her studio

Helene is a painter, animator and digital installation artist.  


Energy, passion, life, movement… these words define her work. Helene celebrates the human spirit and life on our planet in all its forms. She creates a magical world where abstraction mixes with realism.

Her action-packed animations incorporate abstract computer-generated digital designs, live videos, characters from her paintings, and frame by frame computer drawings based on rotoscoping techniques. The final films are incorporated into custom-made sculptural modules and presented in multi-media installations.


In her paintings, she uses acrylic and favors expressionist, abstract brush strokes combined with bold color and flattened forms. Her colors reflect all the warmth of the Mediterranean sun which she experienced growing up in the South of France. Stylized human shapes evolve across the canvas in a sensuous and graceful dance.  Pursuing her exploration of spatial relationships, she recently started incorporating 3-dimensional panels to her canvasses in a game of hide and reveal.


Helene was born in Nice, France where she spent her formative years. She now lives and works in Brooklyn. She studied at the School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League in New York City and received an MFA from Florida State University.


Her work has been exhibited widely in the US and abroad. Recent solo shows and art fairs include 440 Gallery in Brooklyn, Galerie ArtSud in France, Ion Studio in Soho, the Broadfoot and Broadfoot Gallery in New Jersey, the 155 Project in Manhattan, the Asia Contemporary Art Fair in Hong Kong, Art for Florence Design Week in Italy and ArtExpo in New York City.

Helene discusses her animations on
Brooklyn Free Speech TV