Born on February 8,1899 in Sint Maarten, Netherlands Antilles Passed away June 5, 1998 in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles

Margarita Eliza Hodge better known as Miss Lee Hodge wanted to settle down with her sweetheart in St. Maarten but instead her parents shipped her to her two brothers and sister in Brooklyn, New York. After 10 years with a few lessons in the facts of life and a lot of hard work she returned to St. Maarten without a life companion but with a big American automobile, a piano and a Singer sewing machine. She sold donuts, washed, and ironed clothes repaired organs, pianos and her own sewing machine. In 1937 as a single mother she left St. Maarten for work in Aruba, instead she found work as a teacher in Curaçao. She became a piano and a Sunday school teacher, lived in a small house behind the Protestant church and became mother and grandmother of the neighborhood. Being a Methodist, she was very disciplined and strict with herself. She was a musician, a handyman. On top of this she became a painter. Painting memories of New York and St. Maarten. Later the nature and architecture of her surroundings came to life in her work. Little white boats around the islands, busy people getting out of a car. If the color faded, she used to freshen up the paint with a new coating. As material she used cardboard, linen, chairs, serving trays, everything she could put her hands on. There are more then 70 paintings left which Miss Lee never gave a name. She was painting her last work the day before she was hospitalized.

Miss lee's first exposition at the age of 99 years was on Curaçao, in 1998 it included 10 dolls. A local newspaper wrote: "She interpreted her world in her own style not polluted by leading artistic rules. The exposition is a party, a real homage to a remarkable naïve artist". A few weeks later she past away.



Landhuis Bloemhof, Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles


Museum De Stadshof, Bijlmarkt 18-20 Zwolle, Netherlands


Curaçaosche Museum, Willemstad, Curaçao