Maples — Helen De Silaghi
Oil on Board
Image Size: 24 x 26 inches
Details: Signed front and verso, titled verso
Framed: Measures approximately 30 X 32 inches.
Provenance: Private Collection, Nova Scotia.
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Countess Helena De Silaghi. Born 1920 in Transylvania Romania into an aristocratic family who's history can be traced to a Daco-Mongolian origin. She had a charmed upbringing with doting parents and an active social life, but her well-protected world of wealth and privileges was shattered when the Communists overran the country after the Second World War. She fled with her husband Stephen and migrated to Hamilton, Ontario Canada, in 1949. She moved to Burlington, Ontario Canada, in the late 1960s, where she became known as one of the most gracious and generous hostesses. It wasn't unusual to see cars lined up in her driveway at all times of the day and night. She had an open door policy and you could meet anybody there, from a Romanian diplomat to a welfare recipient. She also entertained politicians, athletes, artists, gangsters and journalists. There was also the occasional freeloader who’d drop in unannounced and stay for a few weeks. One of her regular visitors was a promoter of the Miss Nude World Pageant at the Four Seasons Nature Resort in Flamborough. She died in Burlington, Ontario, Canada on 2008-12-28.
She studied in Paris and Rome. Internationally known for her portraits of peasant life. She has held art exhibits in North America, Europe, Japan, Israel, and Mexico. De Silaghi's works are found in the White House Collection, the Ford Collection, and IBM Canada to name a few. She quickly established herself as a child prodigy by holding her first art show in Bucharest when she was only 11.
Countess Helen de Silaghi, a self-described time traveler, claimed to have visited other planets and to have foreseen the human form 5,000 years into the future as she roamed the cosmos through astral projection. She created a new artistic genre through these extraterrestrial ramblings called cosmic art. She has sketched hundreds of drawings and portraits of her alien friends, whom she calls 'Plasmatic People'. Helen (Bobbi) de Silaghi has shuffled off this mortal coil after spending most of her life exploring other dimensions where normal concepts of human mortality would be considered illusory. In the 1960s, while she was holding art shows around the world, she generated a media buzz when she unveiled her first cosmic art. She painted scenes from distant planets where highly evolved humanoids conceived in incubators with vestigial bodies communicated through extra sensory perception and lived almost 1,000 years.
Source: Canadian Women Artists History Initiative