About Linda Le Kinff



Linda Le Kinff was born in Paris from French and Brazilian parents. She started her career as a painter at the age of 20. She traveled to India, Tibet, Mexico and Italy.

 

Linda Le Kinff lived and worked in Italy for twelve years learning the ancient techniques of tempera, egg painting and the gold leaf method taught by masters in Florence and Livorno. She also served an apprenticeship in wood engraving, copper engraving, and excelled in learning the modern techniques of acrylic and airbrush painting.

 

In Paris in 1975 she learned lithography, meeting the artists, Brayer, Corneille and Lapique. In 1976 she met Okamoto Taro, the Japanese Picasso, who introduced her to the sand and sumi technique.

 

She meets Sir Myles Cook from Christie's Contemporary Art. Then she began to create original serigraphs in 1979 and uses this technique exclusively in the creation of her original graphic works. She also creates hand-embellished versions of her serigraphs on canvas and wood, and spends countless hours re-visiting each example to extract new artistic possibilities from every individual image.

 

In 1981 she spent six months in Morocco where she worked with Chabia, the poetess of the naive abstraction movement. She returned to school in south Tyrol where she became interested in painted, polished and varnished woodwork, using a special material made of casein. She applied it to her paintings and continues to use this technique today but still keeps the traditional approach of painting in acrylic on canvas, as well.

 

Le Kinff also expresses herself through watercolors or, more precisely, a mixing of greasy pastels, ink and watercolor. Recently she began to use collage. She works without a model and her inspiration comes from travel, her dreams, reading and her imagination. Her subjects are extremely diverse, and include musical scenes, poetic interpretations of people caught in an intimate moment of their lives, and couples elegantly dressed, out for a night on the town. Her influences include the hidden sensuality of Braque, the masterful drawing of Matisse, the elegance of Modigliani and the precocious maturity of Egon Schiele who died at the age of 28.

 

In 1993, Linda lives a huge turn in her career, she meet the CEO of Park West Gallery. From this moment they won't leave each other and start a collaboration that allows her to modernise her expression and to reach her artistic maturity.

 

In 1998, Le Kinff was selected as the official World Cup Artist. For that distinction, she created a painting that was minted into a commemorative coin by the French Government, an honor never before offered to a living French artist. In 2002 LeKinff participated in the "Exposition of Prestige" organized by the Ambassador of France in Japan and her work was exhibited in museums and art foundations in Japanese cities including: Tokyo-Bunkamura Museum; Nagoya-Tenjin Salaria Art Foundation; Osaka-Kirin Foundation; Fukuoka-Loft Gallery; Yokohama-RedBrick-Warehouse.

 

Recent Museum acquisitions include: Jeju Island, Korea; Moulin de Villedoin Velles, France; La Maison de Van Gogh, Auvers sur Oise, France; Musee de Montmartre, Paris, France.

 

In 2005, Linda Le Kinff participated in the following group shows in France: Salon Violet; Salon d'autumn; Salon des Artistes Francais; Salon des Beaux Arts; Salon Comparaison.

 

In 2009, she began a serie of Frescoes (of 10 meters over 2.15 meters) about different themes, such as : Life, Music (Detroit musicians), Circus and the Kentucky Derby.

 

In 2010, Linda travelled to India, in the region of Rajasthan, invited by the french embassy to expose in Jaipur. After that she created a series of paintings about India.

The same year, Linda went to the french embassy in Beyrut, Lebanon to expose her last sculptures.

 

But the biggest event she participated was the 2010th Kentucky Derby. Linda is the first french artist selected to represent the Derby. She made the canevas of the Oaks and for the derby of Churchill Down. For the little story, the horse she painted was number 4, and  what a coincidence ,the winner was the 4 !

 

2011, Linda exposed in Tahiti (French Polynesia) and also :

Monthly Pr Award nomination Tahiti.

Cincinaty.

St Louis.

Detroit.

Boston.

Chicago.

Phenix.

Marjorie Van Dike etching exhibition NYC.

 

2012,

Denver.

Atlanta.

Detroit.

 

2013,

NCL GEM St Maarten.

Denver.

Atlanta.

NCL Jade, Celebrity Constellation.

 

2014,

Washington DC.

Detroit.

Philadelphy.

Palm Beach.

Charlotte.

 

2015,