Helena Pallares

Originally from the city of Saragossa, Helena trained in graphic design and the arts in Spain and in the Check Republic, before beginning her profession as an illustrator in 2011. During her years at the Fine Arts School, she made imaginative oil paintings until she discovered the process of photomontage and began experimenting in collages, which occupied all of her attention.

Helena made compositions using photomontage and magazines from the first half of the XXth Century, which she would come across in antique fairs or on the Internet, and then combine them with various types of paper. The artist enjoyed cutting various materials out, cutting them up and superimposing them and was guided by the graphic realisation of an idea – a dream, a sentence, a concept– either in the context of a spontaneous exercise or guided only by her own subjectivity. Helena has always been interested in the literary and artistic movements, referred to as Dadaism and Surrealism, and believes that "both these artistic movements have greatly influenced her, not only as an artist but also in the way that she approaches and sees the world in general." Thus, she enjoys enhancing her process with research and works by artists such as El Lissitzky (1890-1941), László Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946),, Hannah Höch (1889-1978), René Magritte (1898-1967) and even Man Ray (1890-1976), while drawing her own inspiration from photographs and silent film.
Helena has been living in Paris since 2015 and has been working on graphic design projects alongside the illustrations she takes on for various publishers and magazines, around the world. She only uses digital devices to complete the graphic projects, her personal projects are always done by hand, with great refinement and originality.