Frank Hyder is a Northern Liberties painter and woodcut artist, with a Masters in Fine Art. He is based in Miami, but has traveled widely in South America and Mexico - claiming the Southern exposure suits him. However, there was a single life-changing experience that made all the difference for this venturesome artist. Hyder spent one year living and painting in the Venezuelan rain forest. This led to him having solo exhibits at five Venezuelan art museums between 1996 and 2002.
As a whole, Frank Hyder has participated in more than 150 group shows and had over 80 solo exhibitions throughout North, South and Central America, including eight individual exhibitions in New York City. He was one of the few North Americans to have solo museum exhibitions in Venezuela at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Caracas Sofia Imber (MACCSI), Museo Jacobo Borges, etc. His works have recently been exhibited both in America and internationally in countries such as Caracas, London, Medellin, Mexico City, Singapore, Toronto and elsewhere. His work has been collected in Venezuela, Philadelphia and nationally as well as numerous corporate and private collectors. Hyder has also been awared several awards such as a Senior Fulbright Research Grant to Venezuela, U.S. Embassy Cultural Grants, and public commissions.
Hyder's art seeks to engage the viewer in a sensory and visual dialogue. Nature and the dynamics of light are his subjects. Hyder desires to create a metaphysical reality of intense light and shade where forms appear and dissolve, to dream with eyes open, to feel without touching and to feel touched by the very experience of seeing the painting. There is the suggestion of events and exotic places familiar at once and yet strangely unknown, as if they exist only in the deep memory of Carl Jungian archetypal experience. The image has a pulse and character which is often translated through its unusual use of materials. It seeks to become a powerful yet reassuring visionary experience.
2001 Senior Fulbright to Venezuela & US Embassy Cultural Grant, Caracas, Venezuela
1999 Brenau National Invitational First Prize
1995 International Arts Program Network Award (Peru & Bolivia)
1994 International Arts Program Network Award (Colombia & Venezuela) & Public Art Award, Oxnard, CA
1993 National Endowment for the Arts, Mid Atlantic Regional Visual Arts Fellowship
1988 Pennsylvania State Council of the Arts Grant
Collections & Museums
U.S. Embassy, Caracas, Venezuela
Carnegie Museum, Oxnard, CA
Centro Colombo Americano, Medellin, Colombia
Grand Rapids Museum of Art, Grand Rapids, MI
La Salle University Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Museo de Contemporaneo, Caracas, Venezuela
Ontario Museum of Art , Toronto , Canada
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Permanent Collection
Pennsylvania Convention Center Commission, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC
Woodmere Art Museum, Chestnut Hill, PA
ARA Services Corporation
Bell Atlantic Corporation
Berwind Trust Co.
Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Saks Fifth Avenue
Wyndham Franklin Plaza
Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles, CA
La Salle University Art Museum , Philadelphia , PA
Museo de Jacobo Borges, Caracas, Venezuela
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Zulia, A Recuerdo de Mundo , Maracaibo, Venezuela
The Museum of the University of the Andes , Merida ,Venezuela