Farida's artist profile
Farida Hughes is an abstract painter/visual artist whose work is distinguished by vibrant color and translucent layering of shapes. Based in Baltimore, Maryland since 2018, her formal explorations and material investigations are first rooted in the experience, story-telling, and situational observation of the intersection of groups and communities, with empathy toward and interest in marginalized people. She strives for a message of community, optimism and an embrace of human storytelling in her abstract paintings. Her work has been exhibited nationally in venues such as The Athenaeum Gallery (Alexandria, VA), Asian Arts & Culture Center (Towson University, Towson, MD), Walker Fine Art (Denver, CO), Circa Gallery (Minneapolis, MN), Glave Kocen Gallery (Richmond, VA), Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (Milwaukee, WI), among others. Her paintings are included in many private and institutional collections and have been commissioned or placed for projects with Beatty Development Corp at Harbor East (Baltimore, MD), Target (Minneapolis, MN), United Health Group, Chesapeake Capital, Marriott Hotels, Hilton Hotels, and more. She has received grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and Minnesota State Arts Board and was a 2017 McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship semi-finalist. She and her art have been written about/shown in publications including The Washington Post, Denver Post, Baltimore Magazine, BmoreArt, and Fordham University Alumni Magazine. Hughes received an MFA in Visual Art from The University of Chicago and a BA degree in Studio Art and English from Fordham University in New York.