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BIOGRAPHY


Signing Kirkland Library mural

Born in Montreal, Suzanne Bélair grew up in Laval, and is now living in Montreal West Island, Québec. Ever since she can remember, Suzanne was attracted to drawing and colors, spending hours inventing geometrical designs and reproducing what she observed around her. At age 12, the love affair with oils began and she has been painting ever since.

A signature member of the Institut des Arts Figuratifs, Artists for Conservation and the Lakeshore Association of Artists, she is also a member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and the Kirkland Artists Association where she was Artist of the Year 2011-2012 and president from 2009 to 2011. Since 2011, she participates to the Circuit des Arts Memphremagog by opening her Eastern Township studio to the public and exhibiting at the Magog Cultural Center. In 2008-2009, she coordinated and participated to the design and painting of a children's mural permanently displayed in the Kirkland municipal library. Her painting "Sweet Abundance" was finalist in the 2012 edition of the National painting contest "RÊVES D'AUTOMNE".

As a biologist and environmentalist, Suzanne has been actively involved in community life both in Kirkland and in Austin, and, until recently, was a contributing writer for the Quebec Biologists Association bulletin. Since 2004, she definitively took the artistic turn to dedicate herself to painting full time.

As a visual artist and a writer, Suzanne likes to reveal unexpected views of her sometimes traditional, sometimes unusual subjects. She likes to portray emotions, the hidden side of things, the struggle for life, the mystery of existence, as well as the importance and fragility of nature. A contemporary figurative painter, her art is constantly evolving as she aims at bringing beauty and mystery in the viewer's mind.

In addition to her solos, Suzanne participates in several juried exhibitions, group exhibitions and many symposiums. Her artworks are part of public and private collections in Canada and Europe. Through her art, she supports several causes, including the fight against violence towards women and children, the fight against cancer, environmental and animal protection, research on dystonia, and the welfare of handicapped individuals.