Helen Lundeberg was born in Chicago in 1908 and moved to Pasadena, California, with her family in 1912. She was a gifted child and as a young adult was inclined to become a writer. After taking an art class taught by Lorser Feitelson at the Stickney Memorial School of Art in Pasadena, Lundeberg was inspired to pursue a career as an artist. With Lorser Feitelson in 1934, Lundeberg founded Subjective Classicism, better known as Post Surrealism. Unlike European Surrealism, Post Surrealism did not rely on random dream imagery. Instead, carefully planned subjects were used to guide the viewer through the painting, gradually revealing a deeper meaning. This method of working appealed to Lundeberg's highly intellectual sensibilities. Themes of Post Surrealism continued in Lundeberg's paintings until the 1950s, when she began to explore geometric abstraction. Her works are described as formal and lyrical paintings that rely on precise compositions that utilize various restricted palettes. Lundeberg’s style creates images that possess a certain moodiness or emotional content unique to her work. In the 1960s and 1970s, Lundeberg continued her journey through abstraction, exploring imagery associated with landscapes, interiors, still-lifes, planetary forms and intuitive compositions she called enigmas. Her works are included in the permanent collections of MoMA, Smithsonian, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Norton Simon Museum.