Helen Bar-Lev was born in New York in 1942. She has lived in Israel for forty-five years and has held over ninety exhibitions of her landscape paintings, thirty-four of which were one-woman shows. She has also published eight collections of poetry to date, all illustrated by Helen herself. She is Assistant President of Voices Israel.
Helen conceived and curated the Homage to Yosef Hirsch exhibition in 2002-2003, which was shown in 3 venues in Israel and included 53 artists, all former students of Yosef Hirsch’s.
Helen has won the Medal for Accomplishment in Art from the City of Haifa in 1996. She was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2013. Among her many poetry awards, Helen is the Recipient of the 2016 European Homer Medal of Poetry and Art.