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Linda Le Kniff (1949-)

Linda Le Kinff
was born in 1949 in Paris Paris from French and Brazilian parents. She started her career as a painter at the age of 20. In the 1970`s she traveled to India, Tibet, Mexico and Italy. 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. 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. She began to create serigraphs in the mid 1980`s 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 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.

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