Linda Hiwot has lived in New York City since childhood. Most of those years were spent in Brooklyn. Where she lives now. She was born in Providence, Rhode Island into a family of visual artists. Her grandfather Humphreys Becket was her mentor and one of The Harmon Foundation artists during the depression era. He was also a student of African American artist and activist Edward M. Bannister. Landscape painting was his area of expertise. Linda remembers her grandfather constantly encouraging her during her “journey” as an artist.
When Linda began to paint she approached the canvas intuitively. When investigations required more complex technical information, she sought higher education. Still retaining her original creative sensibility. Linda graduated from Pratt Institute with a B.F.A in painting and drawing. Since then she has been exhibiting locally, internationally and throughout the tri state area.
Linda’s canvas paintings are frequently collaged and constructed. Her work is noted for her use of color, shape and composition. She has developed a courageous personal idiom. A key component of her work is her use of color and how this manifests in unusual relationships. While her palette emphasizes primary colors and strong hues, the actual color harmony is sometimes startling. In “The New York Times, Weekend, Art in Review”, October 25, 2002. Grace Glueck says, “A fine, subtle colorist with a playful sense of form. Ms. Hiwot, retains a welcome fresh voice.”
Her subject matter is autobiographical, mystical and mythical. She operates in the world of imaginary tropical foliage. Her work applies itself to the realm of lush, natural, unspoiled worlds of nature.
Linda is a graduate of Pratt Institute and New York University. She work is in local, national, international and public collections.