Lynda Fay Braun is a graduate of the MFA Program at Cornell University, ‘73, and undergraduate school at Cooper Union School of Art in New York City. She had a close acquaintance with Agnes Martin that began in graduate school. Martin played an important role in her artwork for many years. So it was Minimalism that was the greatest influence in Braun’s artistic development. In the mid-70’s Braun was awarded an Artist-in-Residence grant at the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, NM. During that time she and Martin spent a great deal of time together.
In the early 80’s Braun went to India for a year to study with her meditation teacher. On return, she pursued a career in horticulture and became a Landscape Curator for National Registry of Historic Places in the Hudson Valley of New York. After contracting Lyme’s Disease, Braun relocated to SW Florida where she continued her work; developed a successful art career, and establishing herself as a teacher.
Introduced to Photoshop in the late 90’s, Braun began to combine elements from photographs with scanned images of earlier paintings and drawings merging these elements into singular pieces, using materials such as encaustic and oils to enhance the images.
Museum exhibitions that included Braun’s work are Boca Raton Museum of Art, Tabik Museum, Vienna, Austria, Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, and Empire State Museum in Albany, NY. Her work is in numerous corporate and public collections including the Neiman Marcus Collection, the Naples Art Association permanent collection. Naples, Fl., and the Johnson Museum, Cornell University.
In Santa Fe, Braun's work has been exhibited at Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Linda Durham Contemporary Art, The Center for Contemporary Art, and Salon Mar Graff. Braun resided in Santa Fe, NM from 2005. until 2011 when Braun returned to Naples, Florida where she continues to explore her creative expression in paint and photography.