Farida Hughes is an American abstract visual artist working primarily in oil paint on canvas and mixed media with resin on wood panels. Born in New York and spending most of her life on the East Coast, she has lived in seven US states and currently resides outside of Baltimore, Maryland. She exhibits her paintings nationally in solo and group exhibitions in commercial gallery, museum, university and non-profit spaces. Her work is included in many private and corporate collections and has been commissioned for projects for Target, Marriot Hotels, and Hilton Hotels, among others.
Farida’s artwork is recognizable for its bold use of color, overlapping translucent forms, and strong compositions. The use of resin in her more recent series allows for a beautiful luminosity and glossy finish. She developed her mixed media style after years of painting with oil colors and experimenting with oil painting mediums and solvents. Human relationships and interactions, especially as influenced by circumstance and location, have been the content of her art for more than a decade. She strives for a message of community, optimism, and an embrace of human storytelling in her abstract paintings.
Hughes has an undergraduate degree in Studio Art and English from Fordham University in New York, and an MFA from the University of Chicago. Among other awards and recognitions, she was granted an Artist Initiative Grant in 2013 by the Minnesota State Arts Board. She is represented by Glave Kocen Gallery in Richmond, Virginia, by Walker Fine Art in Denver, Colorado, and by Bozzuto Greene Art in Lutherville, Maryland.