Maria Helena VIEIRA DA SILVA (1908-1992), painter of Portuguese origin, was born in Lisbon, in a family that soon stimulated her interest in painting, reading and music. In 1928 he goes to Paris where he studies sculpture, opting definitively for painting in 1929. In 1930 he married the Hungarian painter, Arpad Szenes.
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Maria Helena Vieira da Silva was a painter of urban themes, her painting reveals, from an early age, a preoccupation with space and depth. He lived in Brazil from 1940 to 1947. His painting of this period reflects the anguish of war. After his return to Paris in the 50’s, he participates in numerous exhibitions in France and abroad.
In 1956 he obtained French nationality. The French state acquired his works from 1948 and in 1960 awarded him the first of several decorations. From 1958, retrospectives of his work are organized and he is awarded important international prizes.
In Portugal, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation presents its work in 1970, 1977 and 1988. In 1983, the Metropolitan of Lisbon proposes to him the decoration of the station of the University City; the work Le métro (1940) is reproduced in tiles with the collaboration of the painter Manuel Cargaleiro.
In 1994, the Raisonné Catalog of his work was launched. Painter of the Second School of Paris, Vieira da Silva played an important role in the international art scene.