Born in Hastings, Nebraska, Sheila Hicks received her BFA and MFA degrees from the art school at Yale University when Josef Albers presided as director. A Fulbright scholarship to paint in Chile (1957-58) enabled her to pursue her interest in archeology, architecture and weaving. Subsequently she founded workshops in Mexico, Chile, France and South Africa, and worked extensively in Morocco and India. Since 1964 she has resided and worked in Paris.
Hicks has exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions including the 2017 Venice Biennale, 2014 Whitney Biennial in New York, 2012 São Paulo Biennial, Sydney Biennial, Edinburgh Festival. Recent solo presentations include 2017-18 Lignes de Vie at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, 2017-18 Free Threads at Museo Amparo in Mexico, 2015 Palais de Tokyo in Paris; a major retrospective Sheila Hicks: 50 Years debuted at the Addison Gallery of American Art in Massachusetts and traveled to the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia and the Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina. Scheduled to open in 2019 are large exhibitions in the Bass Museum in Miami, Museo de Arte Pre-Colombino in Santiago, Chile and Lima, Peru. Hicks‘ work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York City; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Art Institute of Chicago; The Joslyn Museum, Omaha; Tate Modern and Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.