What about me? I am Helen Roeten (1966). Creator and promotor of sensual art projects. I live both in Alkmaar and Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The question I try to answer is sensuality. Specially sensuality of women. Because I like women the most.
As a women I have learned to love my body in all her shape and forms. I try to express this feeling in my painting and projects. In my art I want to celebrate female awareness, female power and love.
My artwork is a celebration of color and forms. My inspirations are Egon Schiele, Klimt, Modigliani, Picasso, Matisse and Niki de Saint Phalle. Most of all I love to work with mixed materials on paper. Small details in with paper collage, I combine with acryl paint, oil paint, sprays and markers. Most of the subjects are women from my fantasy. But I work also with live models.
After I finished my education as a drawing teacher, I went to Italy, Florence. There I met the Italian master artist Alfio Rapisardi, who learned me more about the skills of painting. In his wonderful studio near Ponte Vecchio, I learned how to create female models on paper.
In Verona I worked with the presser Andrea Cardone. He learned me how to work with linoleum pressing and etching. I also started sculpture lessons. By working with clay I could form the body in space.
An magic Irish woman artist, Janet Mullarney, took me to Ireland. From her I learned to create powerful and life size woman sculptures in wood.
Since two years I teach small classes to work with life modelling. Most of my classes I give in Amsterdam. I am also more concentrated of my own art with drawing and painting. In my new studio Helen Roeten ART in Alkmaar I have enough space to create and expose. The opening of this new studio will be in the summer of 2017.
If you want to visit me and my art, just give me a call.