Cocoa Cats 可可猫

Charito Vataga Helgason
夏金美


Oil on Canvas 油畫布本
80x80cm
2015
$15,000

Charito Vataga Helgason

Charito Vataga Helgason is a female artist born in Vientiane, Laos to parents of Vietnamese and Filipino descent. She is known by her friends as Kim.

 

Kim and her mom managed to escape communism back in the 70’s in Laos and came to Hong Kong where she has lived and worked as a musician and artist. She spent extended periods in Europe and Canada where she had enough time to learn from art experiences in those places.

 

Kim started drawing in pastels as a youngster and then advanced to painting in oil in 2004. For several years she was represented by Asia Fine Arts in Wan Chai.  She has always loved the world of surrealism, modern abstract and Pop Art. 

 

Recently, figures have played an important role in her work as she searches for fresh ways to demonstrate her innate skills. 

 

Exhibition

 

2017

  • March, Pop-Up Art Exhibition, MAD Gallery, 388 Broadway Rd, NYC

  • April, Queen Gallery Norouz Group Show, 380 Queen St, Toronto

  • May, Art Square Cafe Gallery Group Show, 334 Dundas St West, Toronto

 

2014

  • Hilton Hall BAC Group Show, Brighton Ontario, Canada

  • Duet Show with Rochelle Ballas, R2K Gallery, Brighton Ontario, Canada

 

2012

  • Glimpse of Geisha Solo Show, Asia Fine Art, Hong Kong 

  • Asia Contemporary Annual Art Show, Asia Fine Art, Grand Hyatt Hotel,  Hong Kong

 

2011

  • Feminine Mystique Group Show ,Asia Fine Art Hong Kong

  • Summer Exhibition Group Show, Asia Fine Art, Hong Kong

 

2009

  • Haraya Group Show, Hong Kong Cultural Art Centre, Hong Kong

  • Haraya Group Show, Hong Kong Visual Art Center, Hong Kong

  • Haraya Group Show, Peak Galleria, Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

 

2008

  • Take Five Group Show, Asia Fine Art, Hong Kong

  • Haraya Group Show, Olympic Mall, Hong Kong

 

2007 

  • Duet Show with Ivy Kwan, The Fringe Club, Hong Kong

Memories with Fringe Club 與藝穗會的回憶

The Fringe Club was one of the first venues that gave me an opportunity to show my oil paintings.  I was also lucky enough in that same year to get accepted to a Wanchai gallery.  

 

Fringe Club is the most significant venue in Hong Kong for aspiring artists.

 

It opened in the l980s when it was fashionable to procure art and have artists.  And I think that Hong Kong lost direction.  But when the reawakening begins next year, the role the Fringe will play is even bigger.  I see it becoming the absolute centre of Hong Kong culture by 2028.

 

People will see the work I submitted is a play on Andy Warhol’s pop-art style but instead using a friendly pussycat instead of a political figure.