Helena Tahir


Born in 1991, Jesenice (SI)
Lives and works in Ljubljana (SI)

Helena Tahir works in the fields of painting, drawing, photography and graphic art. For the latter, she received this year’s May Saloon (ZDSLU) award for the best young graphic artist. She is a postgraduate student in the painting programme at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Ljubljana, where in 2015 she also graduated with distinction in painting and graphic arts. In recent years she was an exchange student at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Porto, Portugal, and at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig, Germany. She has participated in several solo and group exhibitions at home and in international cultural environments.


︎︎︎ EDUCATION


2021
MFA, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Ljubljana (SI)

2018, 2019
Exchange student, Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig (DE)

2015
BFA (Hons), Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Ljubljana (SI)

2013, 2014
Exchange student, Academy of Faculty of Fine arts Porto (PT)

︎︎︎ SOLO SHOWS


2022
Dwellers of the Plains, Ravnikar Gallery Space, Ljubljana (SI)

2021
Somewhere Near, Galerija Ravne (KGLU), Ravne (SI)

2020
Prints, Impressions, Notations, Layerjeva hiša, Kranj (SI)

Prints, Impressions, Notations, House of culture Pivka, Pivka (SI)

Drawings and Graphics, ArtKit (Kibla), Maribor (SI)

Somewhere near, International Centre of Graphic Arts, MGLC, Ljubljana (SI)

2018
Critics’ choice: Aleksander Bassin), Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana (SI)

In a Whirl, Galerija Božidar Jakac (Lamutov likovni salon), Kostanjevica na Krki (SI)

The following series, Kino Siska, Ljubljana (SI)

Poetics of Childhood, Ravnikar Gallery Space, Ljubljana (SI)

2016
Lighting, Galerija Janeza Boljke, Ljubljana (SI).

Helena Tahir, Kosova grascina, Jesenice (SI)

By The Way: Helena Tahir, TAM-TAM Ulična galerija, Ljubljana (SI)

Faces, DobraVaga, Ljubljana (SI)

2015
Lighting, Galerija Pungert, Kranj (SI)



︎︎︎ GROUP SHOWS


2021
Contemporary Equals Fresh, Sodobna slovenska grafika, Yiiie Gallery, Chengdu (CN)

Ziva grafika, Galerija Equrna, Ljubljana (SI)

AIR4, Ravnikar Gallery Space, Ljubljana (SI)

Home and Abroad, Umetnostna galerija Maribor (UGM), Maribor (SI)

Primavera Awards 2019, Galerija DLUM, Maribor (SI)

2020
Home and Abroad, Pasaza neboticnika, Ljubljana (SI)

Vienna Contemporary, Vienna (AT)

Positions, Dobra Vaga, Ljubljana (SI)

Sveze ribe: Risba, Dobra Vaga, Ljubljana (SI)


2019
AppointMENT, DobraVaga, Ljubljana (SI)

That is to say, everyone, Ravnikar Gallery Space, Ljubljana (SI)

Successes and failures, Photon gallery, Vienna (AT)

Personal Outsides: book release, Ravnikar Gallery Space, Ljubljana (SI)

ZA!ZIVA, House of culture Pivka, Pivka (SI)

AIR4, Ravnikar gallery space, Ljubljana (SI)

Art for sale, Paper Matters, UGM, Maribor (SI)

Vabljeni mladi, DLUM gallery, Maribor (SI)

Sveze Ribe, Dobra Vaga, Ljubljana (SI)

2018
Somewhere Ending, Somewhere Beginning, Ravnikar Gallery Space, Ljubljana (SI)

Paperwork II, Galerija Media Nox, Maribor (SI)

AIR4, Ravnikar Gallery Space, Ljubljana (SI)

Majski salon ZDSLU, National Museum of Slovenia, Ljubljana (SI)

Art Market Budapest, Millenaris, Budapest (HU)

Last Christmas I Gave You My Art, Ravnikar Gallery Space, Ljubljana (SI)

Contemporary printmaking, Dobra Vaga, Ljubljana (SI)

OFF The Hook, ISBN books + gallery, Budapest (HU)


Art auction exhibition, DLUL, Ljubljana (SI)

2017
Matrix search, Galerija Velenje (SI)

Zum Zoum Zoom, Gap Gap gallery, Leipzig (DE)

I want to do something but I'm not really sure, Handstand und moral, Leipzig (DE)

Paperwork, Galerija Equrna, Ljubljana (SI)

VI. Biennial of the Slovenian Independent Illustration, Kino Siska, Ljubljana (SI)

2016
Art auction exhibition, Galerija DLUL, Ljubljana (SI)

Borders and disorders, Venice Art House, Venice, (ITA)

ALUO exhibition, Galerija Vakuum, Ljubljana (SI)

5th International Festival of Fine Arts, Kranj (SI)

Jheronimus inspired art, Grandiarta, Haag (NL)

Oikonomija, Mala galerija EF, Ljubljana (SI)

AppointMENT, Dobra Vaga, Ljubljana (SI)

Tranformation of image, Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb (HR)

SLOVENINDIA, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi (IN)



︎︎︎ AWARDS, GRANTS AND RESIDENCIES


2020
Working scholarship from Ministry of Culture, SI

Print workshop, House of culture Pivka, Pivka (SI)

Pigmaljon AIR, Tamnjanica (CS)

2019
Artist in Residence feat. Rijeka2020, Omisalj, Island Krk (HR)

Best young artist Primavera award, Maribor (SI)

ZA!ZIVA print workshop, House of culture Pivka, Pivka (SI)

2018
Best young printmaker award, May salon, Ljubljana (SI)

55th Art symposium Izlake, Zagorje (SI)

2016
17th International Symposium, AIR, Opatija (HR)

Open studio, Dobra Vaga, Ljubljana (SI)

︎︎︎ SELECTED WORKS


Miltown, 2021
Acrylic on canvas
150 x 110 cm




Adolescent Apathy, 2021
Acrylic on canvas
200 x 150 cm



Trick or Treat, 2021
Acrylic on canvas
150 x 110 cm



Poetics of Childhood series V, 2020
Linocut and handmade print on felt
200 x 120 cm



Poetics of childhood series I, 2018
Original colored linocut and handmade print on felt
150 x 80 cm