Susan Chen

Susan Chen (b. 1992) is an artist searching for the meaning of home. The artist investigates the psychology of race, concepts of community, immigration, prejudice, identity, family, longing, love, and loss primarily through portraiture, urban and domestic scenes. Curious to discover how painting can be used to survey communities at work, Chen is driven by the political potential of figurative painting to enact social change through increased visibility and representation. A 2022 Forbes Under 30 North America Honoree and 2020 Hopper Prize Winner, Chen received her MFA from Columbia University in 2021 and her BA from Brown University in 2015. Her work has been featured multiple times in New American Paintings and reviewed by The New York Times, Hyperallergic, Artsy, Artnet, Art & Object, Observer, CNN Style, Galerie Magazine, and others. The artist is currently in residence at the Silver Arts Project in their Social Justice & Activism program.