Susanna Heller was born in New York, NY in 1956. She is a Landed Canadian Immigrant who currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Heller received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1977. She currently teaches at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
The metropolis has long been the primary source of inspiration for Susanna, often navigating her surroundings from a variety of perspectives, including bridges, skyscrapers, tunnels and scaffolding. In 1998, Susanna was invited to work from a studio space on the 91st Floor of the former World Trade Center Tower, resulting in a birds-eye vantage of the energy, excitement and overall chaos of the city below. In the days after 9/11, she returned to that site to begin a process of drawing and documentation, which led to a new series of paintings surrounding the themes of absence, fragility and destruction.
Her work is represented in both public and private collections including: The Art Gallery of Ontario, Air Canada Corporation, Canada Council Art Bank, The Donovan Collection, Mcmillan, Binch, Museum London, National Bank Financial, Oakville Galleries, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, Toronto Dominion Bank, Torys and The Woodbridge Group.