Gym Halama was born in London to an English father and Polish mother. There she completed primary and secondary education at the French Lycee.
During the last thirty years, her career has developed in three distinct directions. As Interior decorator, muralist and specialist painter, she has decorated the three restaurants at Crockford's
Casino in Mayfair, the bar
"Come the Revolution" in King's Road and "Attica" showrooms in Battersea.
Gym has also transformed large mansions in Hamburg, Amsterdam, Dublin and the
penthouse suite of the Hotel del Golf in Puerto Banus, near Marbella. The second aspect of her career consists of special effects decoration and scenic painting for theatre, film, pop videos
and television, notably backdrops for Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet and the Star Wars party in Monte Carlo.
"I am inspired by the process of decay and the development of texture and color in natural materials."
Tiring of London, she moved to Spain in 1995 and continued working on the film circuit in Andalucia for adverts such as Pepsi Cola, Minute Maid and Toyota, shot by prize winning directors,
and many others including Levis, Peugeot, Hyundai, O2, Intel, Bertolli etc, and recently on the new campaign for E-ON and the Ridley Scott film Exodus.
Her work as oil painter and water colourist has developed mainly since 1995 when Gym took up residence in the Valley of Lecrin, south of Granada. She has transformed an old barn into her
studio and gallery. In 2011, when film work was at a low, Gym Halama wrote a book called "Zigzag, Flashbacks of a Painter" filled with 50 colour prints of her paintings and 50 short stories.
At first inspired by local scenes and then from frequent travels to Morocco, she has been exhibiting her work in Andalucia until now.
In her latest paintings, Gym Halama has deployed her considerable skills as a special effects artist, in a series of large canvases in which discarded food crates have been revitalized
as random heroic structures. An exhibition of this body of work was shown at the Art Centre in Bridport in 2013.