Hedith Perdomo is a dedicated wife of fifty+ years, mother of five and grandmother of five. She was born in a small village in rural Colombia, one of eleven children living on her family’s hacienda. Following the outbreak of civil war when she was only one year old, the family moved to Bogota where they lived for a short time while they awaited visas to immigrate to Venezuela. Later that year, the family moved to the town of Cojedes, Venezuela where they lived on a hacienda and raised horses and livestock. She lived with her family on the hacienda until the age of nine, at which time she left to attend boarding school in Bogota where she remained throughout high school. Hedith would often return to the family hacienda during breaks from school and holidays.
Hedith married young, not uncommon in South America in that era. Soon after marrying, Hedith and her husband Jorge settled in Caracas and started a family shortly thereafter. They had five children. Hedith was a devoted mother, focused on raising her children and dedicated her entire being to her family. She had an affinity and talent for art and enjoyed working with her children on their school art projects. Shortly after her last child was born she started to experience acute pain and swelling in her hands, feet, knees and back. These symptoms continued for many years and became progressively more severe. She was soon after diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis which eventually progressed to the point that she could no longer walk and was confined to a wheelchair at the age of 38. She has not walked since. One of the other effects of her ailment was that her fingers and hands weakened and became very painful and swollen.
After having been the anchor of the family for nearly two decades, she now could no longer carry out the sole caretaker role and needed frequent assistance to do what were previously simple everyday tasks. She became a voracious reader and filled hours of solitude, further educating herself, reading the texts and volumes from her children’s and her husband’s schooling. She stayed informed on news and cultural programming on television, often engaging the family members in discussion and debate over current events.
In early 2003, still living in Caracas, Hedith began taking painting lessons in her home with a private instructor, Naty Valle, a fine artist, sculptor and national award winner in fire arts in Venezuela and exhibited her work at the museums of Bellas Artes and Arte Contemporaneo in Caracas, Venezuela, as a form of art therapy, to keep her mind occupied. This therapy benefited Hedith's mind, body and soul, providing her with a source of beauty and a sense of accomplishment on which to focus her energy and talents. Hedith and her husband moved to the United States in 2014. Over the past nineteen years, she has expertly honed her skills to become an incredibly talented artist, who despite her physical limitations, patiently and adeptly creates richness of color and depth of soul in each of her paintings. Hedith frequently spends up to 10 - 12 hours per day painting.
Hedith Perdomo’s artistic mission is to seek out a sense of calm and tranquility through the observation and representation of nature. Her style is defined by short brush strokes, precise, and strong, with the purpose of generating a contemplative and peaceful image. Many of Hedith’s childhood memories are embodied in each one of her paintings, and in turn, they evoke deep emotions and personal memories for viewers.
Hedith and her work have been featured in private exhibitions and art shows in Caracas, Atlanta and New York City. All of the pieces shown on Hedith’s website are one-of-a-kind originals. She resides in the Southeastern United States.
Exhibitions in USA
Galleries in USA
Galleries in Caracas, Venezuela