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SAFETY, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 70 x 70 cm



elen Roowalla is hERO, a visual artist creating playful abstract works that pop with bubblegum-bright colours. Currently based back in her native Switzerland - having spent time living in the United States where she moved to complete her education - she has been actively painting since 2009. hERO's signature inventive style which is characterised by bold lines and bright colours emerged several years ago. Her artistic career started with large-scale insects painted in oil; however she now focuses primarily on developing her abstract pieces, which are

painted in acrylic on canvas as well as on unusual surfaces such as mannequins and shoes. With bold, curved lines and organic, cartoonish shapes full of movement, her works draw influence from a variety of life experiences, her heritage, her travels, nature and animals. Aside from sculpture classes to learn new techniques, she is entirely self-taught, developing her style and painting techniques through experimentation and consistent work. This year hERO has exhibited in Los Angeles and New York, and in June she will exhibit in Paris and Basel.

Inside Artists - Issue 9  

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