Photo by Henri Cole
(Naoe in Walden Pond)

Naoe Suzuki is a Boston-based visual artist. Born in Tokyo, Japan, and she has lived in the U.S. since 1985. Her work is conceptually driven by exploration on our relationship with the environment through drawing, language, maps, and history.

Naoe is a recipient of several grants including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in 2015, Massachusetts Cultural Council in 2006 & 2001, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation in 2013 & 2004, Puffin Foundation, Artist’s Fellowships, Inc., and Blanche E. Colman Award.

She was awarded multiple artist residency fellowships including Blue Mountain Center, MacDowell, Jentel, and Millay Colony for the Arts. In 2017, Naoe received a research residency from the Tokyo Wonder Site Residency in Japan. From 2016 to 2017, she was the Artist-in-Residence at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and worked on several projects incorporating texts from the ancient Egyptian medical papyrus and the Human Genome Project.

Naoe received MFA in Studio for Interrelated Media from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 1997, and BA in Art from Bridgewater State University with double minors in Dance and Women’s Studies in 1992. Dance is still an important part of her life and she studies Gaga movement everyday. Naoe also enjoys swimming in Walden Pond during the summer.