Wendi Schneider is a Denver-based visual artist widely known for her luminous gold leafed photographs. Born in Memphis, TN in 1955, her work is influenced by a background in painting and art history, her collection of turn-of-the-twentieth-century photographs, and the lush landscapes of Memphis, New Orleans and New York. She turned to photography in the early 1980s to create references of models for her paintings. Mesmerized by the possibilities of the photographic art form and the alchemy of the darkroom, yet missing the sensuousness of oils, Schneider began to layer oils on her photographs to manipulate the boundaries between the real and the imagined. This process laid the groundwork for the unique layering and gilding that would later become the foundation of the ongoing ‘States of Grace’ series.
In 1988, after recreating The Picayune’s Creole Cook Book for The Times-Picayune newspaper’s sesquicentennial, Schneider moved from New Orleans to New York and began a diverse career that included fine art commissions, photography for magazines, book covers, and advertising, and later (after a move to Denver in 1994) a return to design and art direction. In 2012, she began to produce a collection of photographs featuring flora and fauna – ‘States of Grace’ – which was to become her signature body of work.
Schneider’s photographs are held in the permanent collections of The New Orleans Museum of Art, The Center for Creative Photography, The Memphis Brooks Museum, The Auburn University Library Special Collections, the Try-Me Collection, among others, as well as numerous private collections. Her work has been exhibited and published extensively worldwide. She is represented by A Gallery For Fine Photography, New Orleans; Arnika Dawkins Gallery, Atlanta; Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston; Etherton Gallery, Tucson; Galeria Photographic, San Miguel de Allende; Rick Wester Fine Art, New York; and Vision Gallery, Jerusalem.