Artist Linda Carmella Sibio was born in West Virginia. After the death of her father and the institutionalization of her mother, Linda was sent to an orphanage. Drawing became a coping mechanism for her. She attended Ohio University, where she earned her BFA in painting in 1975. While at Ohio State Linda was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. From this beginning the art of Linda Carmella Sibio took fold.
“My disability has affected my work both visually and philosophically. The perceptions I have are that ‘schizophrenia’ is a part of every work I create, “ said Linda. “It is from this perspective that I am drawn to the fringes of society and how the fringes affect culture as a whole. My work combines strong social issues such as homelessness, mental illness, suicide, mass murder, gangs, drug addiction and prostitution with progressive elements in design and form thus creating my own sub-culture language. Madness has been a dominant theme in my work having been influenced by my own diagnosis as schizophrenic and my mother’s incarceration in mental hospitals for 15 years during my childhood.”