Judith Linhares (born 1940) is an American painter known for her expressive and vibrant figurative paintings. Linhares’ style blends influences from Expressionism, Bay Area Figuration, Mexican modern art, and second-wave feminism.
Born in Pasadena, California, Linhares began her artistic practice as a teenager and hung out in the beatnik world of Malibu Beach. Linhares moved to Oakland in 1958 to study at California College of the Arts where she earned both a BFA and an MFA. Linhares embraced a transition from abstraction to figurative and narrative art after becoming involved in the Bay Area’s cultural movement that championed second-wave feminism and served as the epicenter of the hippie scene. After graduating from CCA, Linhares moved to San Francisco where she became a professor of art and exhibited at venues including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Linhares relocated to New York City in 1980 where she continued to exhibit on both coasts. She has since worked as a professor of art at the School of Visual Arts and New York University. Linhares lives and works in New York City to this day.