Hélène Cenedese

Born in 1973, Hélène Cenedese lives and works in Montreal as a painter and as a social worker. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in visual arts from Concordia University (2007) with distinction. She works simultaneously in both fields, and the abodes she visits, as well as the individuals experiencing a loss of autonomy whom she helps, form part of her creative process. She has received several prizes for her œuvre, and participates in important art fairs in Toronto, New York and Miami. Her work can be found in private collections in Canada, in Italy, in Japan, in Norway, and, in the United States. As of 2017, she is represented by Galerie C.O.A.

Over the years, her abstract, textured, and monochromatic creations have morphed into figurative works with bright colors and controlled lines, which are a pleasure to create. From time to time, her instinctive, natural, unfiltered approach recalls the way a child draws. This childlike, whimsical quality is regularly present in her work, with black contour lines, drawn with oil sticks and contrasted by saturated colors, bringing to mind coloring books. Daily objects, such as an ashtray, a clock, or even a pair of socks, are items that speak to her. They are often present in her work, along with a bearded man, a reference to her personal life, whom she dresses colorfully.

Hélène Cenedese saves images that she comes across on Instagram, a platform which occupies an important place in her creative process. She collects photographs of clothing from the 1980s-1990s, of hip-hop and rap fashion, as well as of current styles, which capture her imagination.

With her most recent series of interiors, “Room”, she speaks to the memory of a space, to the impression which an at home visit leaves on her, to a room filled with objects. The presence of the occupant is felt, guiding the narrative aspect of her work.