Born in Southampton, New York, painter Suzanne LaFleur first revealed her artistic aspirations as a young adult while visiting New York City’s museums and galleries. She started her formal art training at the Art Students League of New York. There, she refined her craft under the tutelage of art luminaries such as Burton Silverman and Ephraim Rubenstein.
Shortly thereafter, Ms. LaFleur crossed the Atlantic to live in the Middle East and Europe. She spent several years abroad where she became a well-known artist on the Lebanese and Kuwaiti art scene. Her work has been exhibited in galleries, diplomatic embassies and exhibition halls throughout Europe and Asia.
In 2008, Ms. LaFleur relocated to New York City where she currently lives. Recent career highlights include: a private artist preview sponsored by Credit Suisse; a feature in the set design at NYC landmark Don’t Tell Momma Cabaret and Piano Bar; and two acclaimed solo exhibitions at Cipriani, Wall Street. In 2010, she made her Chelsea debut in the exhibition titled Constructed Spirits at Coleman Burke Gallery, New York. In 2012, Ms. LaFleur made her New York solo debut in the exhibition titled Untamed at Bogardus Mansion, New York.
In 2013, Ms. LaFleur exhibited in the 114th Annual Exhibiting Artist Members’ Exhibition at the National Arts Club in New York where she was presented with the Flora Giffuni Memorial Award for Pastel. She exhibited with the Benefit Print Project at PULSE New York Contemporary Art Fair and with Lawrence Fine Art, East Hampton at the Park Avenue Armory. Ms. LaFleur was a guest panel speaker at the National Arts Club’s Sunday Salon: The Practice of Watercolor. She will be exhibited with the Benefit Print Project in Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach 2013.
Ms. LaFleur is continually inspired by the diverse cultures and people that she encounters on her world travels. Experiences and memories from recent trips to the deep south of the United States, the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York, Beirut, Lebanon, and the South of France impart her latest work.