Susanne Mitchell is a visual artist, whose work draws from her life experiences traversing continents and cultures between Africa and the United States. The works range from large-scale mixed media drawing/installations to intimate, miniature paintings and often integrate photography and printmaking. Through these media she examines and recombines various materials and images, which become a lexicon of signifiers that reference history, race, class, social systems, home, and globalization.
Born in New York in 1973, Mitchell received a BFA in painting and drawing from California College of the Arts and an MFA in studio art from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver and as a Lecturer of Art at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Craft and Folk Art Museum (Los Angeles), the Academy of San Carlos (Mexico City), the National University of Colombia (Medellín, Colombia) and the Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing, China). She is currently a Visiting Artist in Residence at Greatmore Studios in Cape Town, South Africa.