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
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