Christian Helser (b. 1986) explores the convergence of the historiographic, social history, and pedestrian life in his paintings. By modeling his work after the American Ashcan School and artists such as Zhang Xiaogang Helser works to reveal that history is not only autobiographical but draws an affiliation of identity through styles reminiscent of American Regionalist artists as Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth while promoting -- in essence-- a sense of personal propaganda. His current series of Beijing explores how individual and collective memory inform each other to create a communal sense of personal identity through familiar nostalgic places, memorials, and objects.
Earning his BA from Siena Heights University in Adrian, MI (May 2010) in ceramics, Helser then attended Eastern Michigan University’s Post Graduate program (2010 -2012) to pursue graduate studies in painting. Completing his MFA in painting at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University. Helser now works and travels between the City of Beijing, PRC, Cerritos California, and the state of Michigan USA where he bases his creative practice in art education, consulting, and painting.