HALCO was delighted to receive a donation of three beautiful original oil paintings created by the late Helena Kaufman (née Guta Minc).
Several large walls that were blankly boring are now the perfect backdrop for her lovely abstract works. Visitors and staff all benefit from the vibrancy and colour of her works that add so much to our space. We are very grateful to Ms. Kaufman’s family for their generosity.
Born in Poland in 1913, Helena was awarded a scholarship to study art at the Sorbonne in Paris. Returning briefly to Poland in 1939, she pleaded with her family to flee the country to no avail. She, her husband and their infant son struggled to survive as they waited out World War II in Russia. Tragically, most of her family perished in the Shoah (Holocaust).
After the war, the Kaufmans lived in Poland and Helena pursued her studies. Facing oppression in communist Poland, they moved to Israel in 1957 and then to Canada in 1962. Everywhere she went, she held solo and group shows to critical acclaim.
For more information about this amazing woman and talented artist, please see the biography provided by her family: www.halco.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/KAUFMAN-Helena-artist-biography.pdf.