Suzanne Caporael was born in New York in 1949. The artist's work derives from close observation of the natural world and the attempts, scientific and cultural, to define and control it. Observation coupled with research has resulted in groups of paintings related to trees, chemical elements, water, ice, time and place memory. Her current area of interest is the hierarchy of perception - the way in which the brain processes visual cues to construct a reality.
As noted in the New York Times, "Caporael's paintings are a curious mix of the aesthetic and the conceptual...the paintings are sensuous and lyrical as well as rigorously formal." Caporael continues to create paintings that both display and invoke a discipline of thought.
The artist earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, California. She had her first show at thirty-five, when then Director Paul Schimmel debuted her work at the Newport Harbor Art Museum (now the Orange County Museum of Art). She was awarded a National Endowment grant in Painting in 1986, and has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2009 she was a guest artist-in-residence at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.
Her work is represented in many major museum collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI; the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, among others.
The artist lives and works in Stone Ridge, New York with her husband, novelist Bruce Murkoff.