Healing through Art

Art is a wound turned into light

-George Braques, French painter and sculptor

Explore the healing power of art in the submissions below.  If you would like to share an original or favorite work of art, please submit to Healing Hamlet.

Nana Luna

Paula Nicho Cumez Artist Paula Nicho Cumez was born in an indigenous Mayan community in Guatemala which suffered extreme violence during the civil war years.  She draws inspiration for her paintings from the women in her life, her Mayan heritage and culture, and from her dreams.  Through her artistic gifts and determination, she has broken …

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La Citadelle Freedom

Augusta Savage Born in the south before women had the right to vote and decades before civil rights for African Americans, Augusta Savage (1892 – 1962) remains a celebrated American arist.  She survived poverty, criticism and discrimination to become a nationally renowned sculptor.  Her talent was recognized when she was young and as early as …

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Grand Dame

Kenojuak Ashevak Artist Kenojuak Ashevak lived most of her life in Camp Dorset, an Inuit community in the the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada.  Married at 19, Kenojuak raised a large family.  But in the harsh life of this northern territory, some of her children did not reach adulthood.  She was the first woman involved in …

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Texture and Snow

Simon Beck Many hours of walking in snowshoes created this textured pattern at the Arc 2000 Ski Resort in the French Alps.  For more snow art go to Simon Beck’s Snow Art Facebook Page.


Artist Napoleon Abueva Napoleon Abueva is an artist and sculptor who has been named a National Artist of the Philippines.  When Napoleon was only 14, he was captured and tortured by the invading Japanese and his parents were killed.  Today he is known as the Father of Modern Philippine Sculpture. Learn more about Napoleon Abueva …

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In the Name of Honour

Artist Faiza Khan Faiza Khan is a Pakistani artist and activist.  Her exhibition ‘In the Name of Honour’ focused on the horrendous crime of torturing and executing women for perceived immoral behavior.  Through her art and non-profit advocacy organization, Rastay, Faiza collaborates with others to bring about social justice for women and to build a …

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The Crown of Sunflower

Artist Victor Wang Victor Wang is an award winning artist who teaches fine arts at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri. “I grew up amongst the sunflower fields in northern China. In my childhood years, I played under the bright, yellow sunflowers with my brothers everyday. China’s Cultural Revolution played an important part in my …

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 Artist Sally Morgan An internationally recognized artist from Australia, Sally Morgan did not learn she was of Aboriginal descent until she was fifteen.  Her artwork embraces her Aboriginal identity and heritage.  She has also won the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission Award for Literature for her books, My Place and Wanamurraganya.  Her artwork and …

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Artist Vico Fabbris Italian painter Vico Fabbris has created a beautiful and imaginative series of watercolors inspired by extinct plant life.  As a young boy, Vico’s family was destitute after his father died of lung disease and all three children were sent to boarding schools.  For the next several years he wore the same pair of …

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Fleur de la Mer

Artist Alice Schonfield Alice Schonfield is an award winning artist and sculptor living in California.  Some of her most celebrated pieces were created after she suffered a series of strokes.  Learn more about Alice Schonfield and her work on her website.