Susan M B Chen paints to investigate the poetics of space. Dualities and the interior-exterior juxtaposition touch upon themes of displacement, 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 and collected by United Kingdom Parliament, Shanghai Hosane Auction House, Perry & Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University Investment Office, and is part of private collections in several international cities.  

More recently, Susan completed a year of study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, working closely with Chicago Imagists Richard Hull and Phyllis Bramson, alongside Susan Kraut and Tyson Reeder.  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.