Suzanne Moss was born in Sydney in 1963, and has been painting for over 20 years. Moss attended the Lorenzo Scuolo de Medici in Florence, Italy and in 2000 she commenced a Fine Arts degree at Charles Sturt University. In 2003, Moss completed her studies at the Australian National University, where she was awarded First Class Honours and the University Medal. In 2004, Moss was selected to exhibit in Perth Institute of Contemporary Art’s (PICA) annual Hatchedexhibition, a survey of graduate work across Australia. Moss commenced her PHD in 2006, investigating the methods, materiality, spatial illusions and poetics of painted light. She has taught at the ANU School of Art, and has lectured in Painting, Life Drawing and Art Theory. In 2008, she received an ANU post-graduate research grant, which enabled her to examine Fra Angelico’s San Marco frescoes in Florence, JMW Turner’s paintings in the Tate Britain, Rothko’s late work at the Tate Modern and abstract expressionist painting in New York. Moss completed her PHD in 2010.
The painting Love in the Time of Quanta was selected for the 59th Blake Prize in 2010. In 2011, she was selected as one of seven Canberra artists to be part of Canberra Contemporary Art Space’s annual Blaze exhibition. In 2012, Moss was awarded an ArtsACT Grant for new work, and in 2013 The Rosalie Gascoigne Memorial Award. In 2013, Moss undertook an artist residency at the CSIRO, Canberra, researching ways of translating the complex and luminous materiality of magnified moth wings into drawings and paintings, which later culminated in the exhibition Dear Moth… at the CSIRO Discovery Centre. In 2014 Moss will undertake a Hill End Artist-in-Residence Program in New South Wales. Moss’ work features in the collections of The Australian War Memorial, Canberra Grammar School, the Embassy of Spain, and private collections in Australia, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Suzanne Moss lives and works in Canberra.