Hite was born in 1956 and spent childhood just outside of Bowling Green, a small town in rural Virginia. During his formative youth, Hite traveled in the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and South America. He spent a stint as a studio assistant for the Washington Color School painter Leon Berkowitz, and enjoyed success in the eighties and early nineties as an abstract landscape artist in Washington, DC.
Hite has shown his work widely, most notably solo shows at The Nassau County Museum, Berkshire Museum and Hancock Shaker Museum.
Hite was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2014.
Though his work deals in abstraction, images of structures, dwellings, and living spaces have become central to his pieces. Hite now works in photography, painting, and sculpture, although they often intersect through common imagery and sentiment. In 1997, Hite and his family moved to Esopus, NY, a small town in the Hudson Valley where he converted a 1840’s Methodist church into his home and studio. There he has created a productive artistic space for himself, and sometimes others.
"In this art, there is always something of value and meaning emerging from the derivative… That which appears at the interstices – amidst styles and between media – becomes paramount and all-important. The look being courted is outside the central current, at the edges of the mainstream.” – Karl Emil Willers, Director, Nassau County Museum
From the foreword to Imagined Histories/Living on Earth