Edna Hibel is often referred to as America’s most beloved and versatile artist, and best colorist. Hibel has worked with a variety of media—including fresco—on a wide variety of surfaces such as canvas, wood, silk, shells, plaster, Japanese rice paper, and cameo paper, often working with oil glazes and gold leaf. Mrs. Hibel’s work has been characterized by art scholars and critics alike as “positive humanism.” “I believe very strongly in the human being,” Mrs. Hibel explains. “I know it sounds corny, but I think that everyone is divine.”
Hibel has more honorary degrees (six) than any other living American artist, and The Edna Hibel Society, comprised of thousands of her fans, is the world’s oldest artists’ fellowship, founded in 1976. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide.
If there is a consistent theme in Mrs. Hibel’s work, it is an emphasis on the human form. The Hibel Museum of Art, which houses the largest permanent collection of Edna’s work, dates back to 1960, and moved to its current location, in Jupiter, Florida, in 2000.
“I think I look at the world in terms of how to paint it,” she reveals. “I don’t know how to look at it any differently.”