• artist • writer • fashion designer • poet • teacher • interior designer • painter • printmaker •
Hyacinthe attended the High School of Music & Art in New York City and, at age nine, was the youngest student ever admitted to adult classes at the The Art Students League on 57th Street. She studied briefly with Frank Mason, Jose De Creeft, and Chaim Gross. In Greenwich Village Hyacinthe associated with Jackson Pollock, Wilhelm DeKooning and other artists of the time and was mentored by Marcel Duchamp quoted as declaring: "Hyacinthe is to be the heir to Michelangelo and Rubens. Hyacinthe's draftsmanship is natural and superb". Inspired by Andre Malraux and his concept of the Museum Without Walls, she worked directly with Pratt Institute to establish their School Without Walls program. Throughout the 60's and to the present day her art has been widely collected by public and private institutions and celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Jacqueline Onassis, Martha Raye, etc.
The artist moved on to produce a diverse body of work that includes sculptures, videos, published books and ultimately fashion collections created from the love for fashion that always informed and inspired her art. Mentored by Halston and Charles James, the Hyacinthe hand painted silk collection became a celebrity favorite and sold out in department stores world wide as did Hyacinthe's collaborations with Oscar De LaRenta, Mary McFadden, Diane Von Furstenberg and Calvin Klein.
"My life has been a journey and search for the Silent Stranger through values and ideas. Always looking for a way to disregard the pain of reality to immerse myself in beauty. This journey and search are chronicled in my book, "Searching for the Silent Stranger" published in 1998 and in "Drawing Power by Making Your Mark ™ Workbook Series." Along the path, I made the discovery that inspiration is not random and chronicled this revelation in the mythological trilogy, "Cassandra's Tear." I continue to strive in the purest sense, to capture emotions and a sense of power drawn from individual experience when creating. From the first mark on the canvas, or the first cut in the clay ... giving innate talent free reign. Who is the woman in my art? She is a symbol. An icon and metaphor of the beauty of the human spirit. Proud, sensual, powerful, controlling the primitive and the wild ... often represented by the horse or animal nature symbolic of the female aspect ... often another aspect of personality. My art is transmigrational, my own term for the aesthetic concerns in which the ideal expresses the duality of human nature combinant in mind-body harmony. This is the essence of art, of life and death. In the end, life kills, art survives."