"There are no lines in nature,
only areas of colour, one against another"
said painter Édouard Manet.

About Hélène

Hélène Baum-Owoyele is a French/German illustrator and graphic designer living in Berlin.​ Her artworks have been used in various contexts, from editorial pieces and children’s books to advertising, with clients such as:

The New York Times, Radcliffe Magazine, Branch, Familiar Faces, New Statesman, Tate, Psychologie Heute, C40 Cities, Scoop Magazine, Penguin Random House, Hasso-Plattner-Institut, Zalando, CFFP, Octopus Publishing Group, The Washington Post's 'The Lily', Women Who Do Stuff

Featured in: The Klean (home portrait), The Klean (artist portrait), Freelance Wisdom, Computer Arts Magazine Issue #276


The quote from Manet evokes a principle that is strong in Hélène’s life and work. Coming from a diverse cultural background, what defines her universe is a sense of “collage” and "kaleidoscopic identity". She creates vibrant spaces where through humour, magic and idealism, elements from different cultures coexist in peace and where diversity is celebrated.

The colourful images draw inspiration from her environment and personal history but also largely from mythology, black history, art, textiles, books and nature.



Digital & Watercolour

All Projects

Watercolor Illustration:
Transform Daily Objects into Whimsical Characters

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Book, Editorial, Logos & Web

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