Suzanne Hodes grew up in New York City, and was inspired by the constant movement, energy and rhythm of city life. Her paintings, drawings and prints are in over 600 private, public and museum collections. As a young artist, she studied in Salzburg with the legendary expressionist Oskar Kokoschka. She has held a Bunting Institute Fellowship, and a Fulbright Grant to study in Paris. Her work combines images of the directly observed world with those from memory and imagination.
Among her museum collections are the Fogg Art Museum, the DeCordova Museum, the Danforth Art Museum, the Portland Museum of Art in Maine, the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, and the Boston Public Library.
Hodes co-founded the group “Artists for Survival” in 1981, which was devoted to supporting the nuclear freeze and social justice. Her studio, in Waltham, Massachusetts, is a part of Artists West, a community she helped establish in 1980 in an 1880s factory building with great light.