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Helen Gerardia is an artist best known as a geometric abstract hard-edge painter.
Helen (Goldberg) Gerardia was born in Dnipro, Ukraine in 1903. At the time of her birth, Ukraine was under the domination of Imperial Russia and the city was known as Ekaterinoslav. While under the rule of the Russian Empire, the Jewish population found itself under constant persecution and violence. After immigrating to the United Sates in 1921, and becoming a citizen in 1928, Helen Goldberg changed her surname to Gerardia.
Having settled in New York, Gerardia became an elementary school teacher. In the late 1940s, she studied at the Art Students League. Gerardia immersed herself in the movement of Abstract Expressionism, studying under Hans Hofmann at his New York school. She also studied at the Brooklyn Museum School and the Art Students League.
In the early 1950s, Gerardia was primarily a painter and leaned more towards the Cubism and Geometric Abstraction. Gerardia used hard-edge geometric shapes in much of her works as well as the colors black and white. She started incorporating more color into her paintings starting in 1959, including lavender, which renders heavily into her works of the early 1960s. “I have always been interested in the play of light and its effect on form and color” stated Gerardia. “Another Quality of light, the prismatic breaking up of colors, has always fascinated me. I felt that by placing my color in broken areas I could, in a way, approximate the movement of atmosphere and the divisibility of color.”
During her career, she engaged in lithography and etching. She eventually founded the Gerardia Workshop, where she taught a variety of mediums. Gerardia was an original member of the Vectors artist group and a delegate to the U.S. Committee of the International Association of Art. From 1967 until 1969, she was president of the American Society of Contemporary Artists.
Gerardia died in New York in 1988. Her works are in many museum collections.
Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC
Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX
Brigham Young University Museum of Art, Provo, UT
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Buffalo Albright-Knox Gallery Art Museum, Buffalo, NY
Fort Smith Regional Art Museum, Fort Smith, AR
Franlin Museum of Art, Charlottesville, VA
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman, OK
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
John and Geraldine Lilley Museum, Reno, NV
Kentucky Museum, Bowling Green, KY
Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL
Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, FL
McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture, Knoxville, TN
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN
Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT
Montana Museum of Art & Culture, Missoula, MT
Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC
Natalie and James Thompson Gallery, San Jose, CA
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
North Dakota State University Memorial Union Gallery, Fargo, ND
Oklahoma State University Museum of Art, Stillwater, OK
Rishon Art Gallery, Fair Lawn, NJ
Saint Vincent College Gallery, Latrobe, PA
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY
Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, OH
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
Stamelos Gallery Center, Dearborn, MI
The Philips Collection, Washington, D.C.
University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
University of Northern Iowa Gallery of Art, Cedar Falls, IA
Verostko Center for the Arts, Latrobe, PA
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN
Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Woodstock, NY