Katie Hector portrait

Katie Hector

Bleach portraits of friends, lovers and strangers

“I appreciate the little things and I paint.”

How do you paint others? For Katie Hector, this is both a practical and an ethical question. Even though she makes paintings, she rarely uses paint. Instead, she sprays dye and bleach onto canvas with an airbrush gun. The results are intimate, glowing portraits that quietly reflect on love and loss. The larger-than-life faces are painted as if the artist knows them well. And sometimes she does – o...

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Katie Hector (she/her) was born in 1992 in Lawrenceville, New Jersey and now lives near Los Angeles, California.


Hector’s greatest inspiration is her grandmother: “She immigrated to the US with three young children in her early 20s. She was very entrepreneurial and managed to run a farm, tend animals, sell goods, and home cooking while raising six kids.”


Hector is also a curator and writer who founded Sine Gallery and co-founded The Culture Club, NYC. Her writing has been featured in publications including Arte Fuse, Two Coats of Paint and ANTE Magazine.

Collaborations with Katie Hector

Avant Arte and Katie Hector have one upcoming collaboration.