Hetty Baiz is an American artist who creates paintings characterized by rich textural surfaces. and interwoven layers of image, color and material. Made from complex processes that can include digital manipulation, printing, weaving, painting, drawing and burning with a torch, the final images -- life size figures and larger than life faces -- are literally built into the material. They appear to be fading into the rugged surface, or perhaps emerging from it, and the identity of the subject is absorbed into the materiality. Open ended questions about transience and the nature of being – of identity, mortality, and time, are intrinsic to her work.
Baiz has been painting since early childhood. Her first teacher was her mother, an abstract expressionist painter and student of Hans Hofmann. She went on to major in art at Bard College and received a BFA from Cornell University where she studied with Friedal Dzubus. Awarded a fellowship to the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, she worked there with Robert Goodnough, Jacob Lawrence and James Weeks.
Baiz has shown her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Selected for the Incheon Women Artists Biennale in South Korea, she has taken part in collaborative art projects in China, Tibet, Dubai, Australia and France.
Baiz has taught art with an NGO that supports underserved women in the informal settlements outside of Cape Town, South Africa. It was during this experience that she learned how to weave using the techniques of the resident women weavers. This has resulted in her latest body of work, woven portraits.
Baiz lives and maintains studios in central New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania. She is represented by Susan Calloway Fine Art in Washington, D.C.