´ Be creative is an essential need of life ... Expression is a sublimation of sense ...Painting and drawing for me are the best ways to make this visible.The proces of creation, struggling with ideas and material always end in a final decision which is strictly mine. ´ The composition is the first compromise with the idea. Texture and colour struggle for the ultimate result. '

Ben Helmink

born in Brummen, the Netherlands, 18 mei 1950.


I worked many years as a teacher in Amsterdam on a primaryschool and teached children in drawing, painting and handicraft. In 1975 I finished The Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and got my diplomas for highschoolteacher.

During that time I always made a combination of study in Arthistory and practising several arttechnics. In 2006 my wife Rian and I decided to change Holland for Portugal ... a new adventure started.  The Alentejo is our place of inspiration, creation and expression. 


Monte das Moradias – atelier `Moradias´

7670-613 Santana da Serra – Alentejo - Portugal



Rietveld Academie Amsterdam

Art Culture and Education study at the Hogeschool Holland Amsterdam




The Netherlands 1981- Amsterdam – Vondelpark

The Netherlands 1985- Amsterdam -  De Melkweg

Portugal - Monchique – Porca Preta

The Netherlands – Den Haag - Max Healthclub

Portugal – Monchique – Galeria Porca Preta

Portugal - Loulé  - Expo Arte Algarve 1

Portugal - Loulé - Expo Arte Argarve 2 

Portugal – Monchique - Galleria Arte Algarve

Spain - Ayamonte – Galeria Arte y Joyas

Portugal – Monchique - Galleria Monchique – Amalia meu amor

Portugal - Monchique

Portugal – Vilamoura - Galeria Antantica

Portugal – Ourique - Biblioteca Jorge Sampaio

Portugal - Santana da Serra - Feira de Agricutura

Portugal - Lisboa - Convento dos Cardaes

Portugal - São Bras de Alportel - Galeria Municipal

Portugal - São Bras de Alportel - Museo do Trajo

Portugal - Galeria Valerie Londot - Almancil

Portugal - Lagos - Antiga Câmara Municipal 

Portugal - Faro -  Casa da Alameda - Grupo de Peace Art and Society 

Portugal - Santa Clara a Velha  - Country Hotel  - permanent exhibition

Portugal - Silves - Café Inglês 

Portugal - Almançil - Galeria ASCA 

Portugal - São Bras de Alportel - Galeria Municipal

Portugal - Portimão - Galeria Texeira Gomes 

Portugal - Silves - Café Inglês

Portugal - Albufeira - Galeria de Arte Samora Barros

Portugal - São Bras de Alportel - Galeria Municipal 

Portugal - Casual Lounge Caffé and Galeria - Lisboa