Her Story 

Dena Artista Helling is an East Bay native artist and photographer. While working primarily with digital photography and graphic design, Dena pushes her creative boundaries across mediums. Known best for her bold use of color and texture, Dena is inspired by the dualities in contrast such as: urban decay and organic matter. She attributes her undying curiosity to her love affair for visual media.

In her early teens, Dena recalls mastering Photoshop on a bubble back iMac in a pilot graphic design program. A lucky one of six, Dena attended a Summer Program for high school Graphic Design students at Menlo Park College. As her skills developed, so did her drive to create in the intersection of art and technology, mixing mediums whenever possible.

Dena's adventurous spirit led her to the melting pot of Honolulu, Hawaii. Determined to chase new opportunity, Dena spent her college years in Oahu exploring its elegant beauty amidst the pockets of weathered, urban cityscapes. She found herself supporting other local entrepreneurs and fellow creatives alike with the then budding social media presence as an event photographer and logo designer. 

Today, Dena is a certified tech guru in San Francisco, environmental advocate & professional creative. Dena's dynamic style and vibrant personality bleeds through each thoughtfully curated piece. Blending analog elements in our progressively digital world, Dena has produced and lead workshop events empowering others through art and technology; curated art shows and displayed her own works as a resident and guest artist in San Francisco, Emeryville, Berkeley, Oakland, Alameda, Honolulu and Pupukea, HI.

Earlier this year, Dena was faced with the overwhelming discovery of an ovarian tumor. After the fight of her life, Dena continues to be cancer-free and thriving in Oakland, creating more meaningful and visually daring work than ever.



Oakland, CA 94601


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