Helen Bar-Lev was born in New York City in 1942. She has lived in Israel for 40 years. Since 1976 she has devoted herself to art: painting, teaching, poetry. To date Bar-Lev has had 85 exhibitions, including 32 one-person shows. Helen studied art at New York University and the Cooper Union in New York, and in Israel with Eliyahu Gat, Rachel Shavit and Prof. Yosef Hirsch. From 1989 - 2001 she was a member of the Safad Artists’ Colony where she had her own gallery. In 2002 she was curator of an exhibition dedicated to the memory of Yosef Hirsch in which 53 of his former students participated – at three prestigious venues in Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv and Haifa. She is a member of the Israel Artists and Sculptors Association.
Her poems and paintings have appeared in numerous online journals and print anthologies and she has placed high in several international poetry competitions. ‘Cyclamens and Swords’ with poems of Israel by Helen and Johnmichael Simon and Helen’s paintings was published by Ibbetson Press, Boston, Mass. 2007. Helen is a member of the Voices Israel group of poets and was Editor-in-Chief of the Voices Israel annual Anthology from 2007 to 2009. She is Senior editor of Cyclamens and Swords Publishing.