Helene Mukhtar is a New York artist with international roots. Born in France, she now lives in Brooklyn and travels extensively. Married to a New Yorker hailing from the Indian subcontinent, she has had the opportunity to immerse herself in a totally different Eastern culture. This internationalism is reflected in her work.
Her own photographs are usually at the basis of her creative process. They are transferred or glued to the canvas and become a visual jumping point from where she puzzles out what each piece will be. “It is a dialogue,’ says Mukhtar,” between the collages, the canvas and the paint. I constantly construct and destroy, frequently wiping out what I have just done. It is a slow process, but then eventually, everything starts falling into place”. This intuitive approach and openness to her creative process allows Mukhtar to end up with a harmony of sometimes disparate collage elements and muscular, often geometrical slices of color.
She received a MFA from Florida State University in 2006.