Painter and Sculptor Eleanor Hilowitz (aka "Helani") was born in 1913 in New York City. Pursuing her first career choice, she earned a Masters degree in Psychotherapy from Columbia University in 1938. In 1941 she joined the Art Students League where she studied until 1947 with Bernard Gussow (1881-1957); Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1893-1953); and, Hans Hofmann (1880-1966), whose influence was the strongest on Hilowitz.
In her early work, there is formidable evidence of her robust abilities as a figure/portrait painter, however, she quickly embraced abstract art as her artistic path.
In 1952, she moved to Rome, Italy, where she created a successful business, which gave her the freedom to paint continuously over the course of the next 29 years. After painting and exhibiting for 3 decades in Italy, Hilowitz returned to Manhattan in 1981, where she continued to paint and exhibit into the mid-1990s.
Eleanor Hilowitz passed away in September 2007.
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
1958 Appunto Gallery, Rome, Italy
1994 Agora Galery, New York, NY
Selected Group Exhibitions:
1956 - 1960 Appunto Gallery, Rome, Italy
1962 - 1972 Obelisco Gallery, Rome, Italy
1988 "New Images in American Art," Tourel Associates, New York, NY
1992 "The Art of Fire," Hearth Associates, New York, NY
1994 Morning Calm Gallery, New York, NY
Biographical information provided by David Hilowitz, grandson of the artist and submitted by Lui Antal Deak.