Susan M B Chen

Susan M B Chen is a first-generation Asian American artist who paints in search of the meaning of home.  Portraits present members of her racial community as she attempts to readjust her perspectives looking from both the lens of an ethnic majority in one part of the world to that of a minority in the States.  Interiors and landscapes draw upon "The Poetics of Space."  She often uses duality or the interior-exterior juxtaposition to convey themes of dissonance, a search for belonging, and millennial anxieties framed by the digital world.  

Chen grew up between Hong Kong and the United Kingdom during the Hong Kong handover, prior to moving to the United States to attend Brown University, where she received her B.A. Honors in Visual Arts and International Relations (2015).  Her work has been exhibited by United Kingdom Parliament, Shanghai Hosane Auction House, Perry & Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University Investment Office, SPRING/BREAK Art Show and is part of private collections in several international cities. She currently maintains her art practice in New York City and is pursuing her M.F.A. in Visual Arts, Painting at Columbia University School of the Arts. 


Further reading

Galerie Magazine Tomorrow’s Art Stars: 4 Must-See MFA Shows in New York

Collective 131 Her Work: Susan M B Chen

Journal of Art Criticism Interview: Susan M B Chen