Mercedes Helnwein was born daughter to the Austrian artist Gottfried Helnwein in Vienna. Until 1985 she lived in Vienna, then her family moved to Germany. Since 1997 Mercedes Helnwein lives and works in Tipperary, Ireland and Downtown Los Angeles.
Mercedes Helnwein is writing and drawing since her early childhood. When she was 13 years young, the German feminist magazine “Emma” published her comic “Die Männer schlagen zurück”/The men are firing back. Mercedes Helnwein mostly works with pencil, coloured pencil, Indian ink and pastel crayon on paper. But she also uses watercolours and oil.
In her videos she treats similiar themes as in her drawings: humans in absurd and mysterious situations. 2004 she founded the publishing company “Devil’s Porchlight Press”, together with the American artist Alex Prager. After several essays and short stories Helnwein published her novel “The Potential Hazards of Hester Day“ in 2008.
2010 Damien Hirst bought all her works of the exhibition “Whistling Past the Graveyard” in A Gallery, London.