Gym Halama was born in london to an english father and polish mother. There she completed primary and secondary education at the french lycée.
"I am inspired by the process of decay and the development of texture and color in natural materials."
For the last 35 years, gym's career has taken her in 3 distinct directions: as interior decorator and muralist, using her specialist painting talent
in private mansions, restaurants and business premises in London, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Dublin and Marbella.
The second aspect consists of special effects painting for theatre, film and tv, notably backdrops for the Bolshoi Ballet's uk and ireland tour,
the Ridley Scott "Exodus" movie, the "Star Wars" party set in Monte Carlo and for commercials such as the recent "e-on" campaign amongst all the
major brands around the world.
Since moving to Granada province in Spain in 1995, Gym Halama has deployed her considerable skills as a special effects artist, producing a
body of work covering many subjects and themes: one of these series consists of large canvases of randomly stacked empty food crates, evoking an
anonymity by those who consume and waste in a world made fragile by over-population, careless of resources and running out of time.
She has also been delving into childhood memories, the effect on her at age eight, after the death of her alcoholic mother; also producing a series
of light-boxes created from xrays of her skull after a near fatal accident, representing life, death and memory.
In 2011, Gym Halama wrote a book of 50 short stories about her life, accompanied by 50 of her paintings, called "Zig Zag, Flashbacks of a Painter"
Art is a constant struggle. It is conscious and unconscious, past and present, inner and outer self. I play with colour and texture trying to grasp
that which is unattainable, a feeling, a moment in time. This process is never-ending and the result always elusive but beckons me to the next canvas.