National Museum of Women in the Arts
Susan Manders
1948 - present
Photograph of Susan Manders, courtesy of the artist
Place of Birth:
Los Angeles
Minority status:
White non-Hispanic
Work Type/Media:
Drawings and prints, Multimedia (electronic, digital, video, film), Painting, Performance Art , Sculpture
Artistic Role(s):
Commercial Artist, Oil Painter, Painter, Sculptor
Artist's Statement:
I paint because I must. I love what I do. I paint and teach nearly every day. Painting energizes me and at the same time is meditative. I have painted and taught art classes in my studio, The Art Experience in Studio City, CA for nearly thirty years. So, by now it is impossible to separate Manders the artist from Manders the teacher.

Kids and adults alike tell me they get my art. I welcome feedback, for I believe my paintings are completed only once they are seen. The LA Times said, "Manders is feel good art without apology." Their description works for me.

As a native of Los Angeles, I am influenced by my daily experiences of the LA multicultural scene: Latino, Hollywood, fashion, celebrities, night life, beaches, etc. My style is figurative or narrative contemporary expressionism. Basically, I am a storyteller with an edge.

I was mentored and studied in the United States, Mexico and Europe, where I was invited to the Royal College of Art in London. Today, my works are represented in fine collections internationally and my customized art services are utilized within such corporate sectors as Architectural and Interior Design, Hospitality and Restaurant, Gaming and Entertainment, and Media.

I am grateful to be so acknowledged as a fine artist and sculptor including having been selected United States Olympic Artist, selected for several Art in Public Places projects and selected for archival by the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Statement courtesy of Susan Manders

Other Occupation(s):
Consultant, Instructor, Gallery Owner
Place(s) of Residence:
Studio City
Where Trained/Schools:
Royal College of Art, London, England (1987) Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA, USA (1985) University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA (1978-1979) University of Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico (1968) California State University, Northridge, CA, USA (1967-1971)
Fellowships, grants and awards:
United States Olympic Artist, United States Olympic Committee, Colorado Springs, CO, USA (2004)
Earliest exhibition:
Affaire in the Gardens Art Show, Beverly Hills, CA, USA (1984)
Artist retrospective(s):
Ballroom Blitz No. 273, 2005
Lovers No. 345, 2007
My Red Shoes No. 322, 2006
Networking No. 304, 2006