Helen Berliner studied fine arts/design at Pratt Institute of Art (NY), University of the Arts (Philadelphia), Southampton College of Long Island University (NY); and has degrees in Fine Arts, Psychology, Buddhist Studies (specializing in Environmental Psychology), and a Certificate in Interior Design from the New York School of Interior Design.
Her formative teachers include figurative painter Philip Pearlstein; designer/ architect Albert Christ-Janer; colorist Mary Buckley (a leading student of Josef Albers); Russian modernist painter, Ilya Bolotowsky; Japanese brush master, Eichi Okamoto; & Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Tibetan meditation master, artist, & poet.
Gallery & museum shows in the US, Canada, Europe, & Australia include: American Institute of Architects (Oakland, CA), Guild Hall Museum (East Hampton, LI, NY), Parrish Art Museum (Southampton, LI, NY), 814 Broadway (NY, NY), Gallery 10 (NY, NY), California Polytech University (San Louis Obispo, CA), Triton Museum of Art (Santa Clara, CA), Naropa University (Boulder, CO), and Stadford Gallery (Sydney, Australia).
Public installations/commissions include: Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS, CA), Halifax Shambhala Center (NS, CA), Chubb Group Headquarters (Warren, NJ), Metropolitan Transport Co. (Oakland, CA), New York Life Insurance Company (Oakland, CA), and Frankfurt Industrial Fair (Frankfurt, Germany).
Contemplation: from the Latin contemplari,“to observe carefully”; …
“within a space, to see clearly.”
Author of the book Enlightened by Design, she is a long-time practitioner/teacher of Contemplative Arts and Design in the US, Canada, and Europe. She has written numerous articles and a magazine column on Environmental Design and continues to practice/teach “Space Awareness,” a contemplative approach to space design. She is currently on staff at the Lotus Garden Retreat Center in Stanley, VA.