Judith Linhares came of age in the socially turbulent "take-it-to-the-streets" days of feminism, underground comics, and poetic reverie in Northern California. She graduated from California College of the Arts. In 1975, she received the prestigious Adeline Kent Award in recognition for her contributions to the art of the region.

After participating in Marcia Tucker's seminal exhibition "Bad" Painting and receiving the (first of three) National Endowment for the Arts Grants, Linhares moved to New York. Descriptions of her history and paintings appear in the survey catalogue "Dangerous Pleasures" (1994), BOMB interview "Rowing In Eden" (2006), "Judith Linhares Weaves A Spell" (1985), and "Divine Intoxication" (2006). Her resume includes 40 one-person exhibitions.