Artist Maggie Siner’s paintings are prized for their enduring qualities: a perfect sense of the fleeting moment, exquisite clarity of light, bold gestural brushwork, the captured moment of absolute recognition and beautiful whimsical takes on the everyday world. Her subjects range from the intimate (a handful of cherries), to the monumental (earth and sky), to intimate portraits and unpredictable combinations of objects.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Siner studied at the Art Students League of New York, graduated from Boston University (BFA) and American University (MFA) and has lived for extended periods in France, China and Italy. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums for over 40 years and is in hundreds of collections around the world.
Siner’s work is classically derived. She paints exclusively from life, using direct visual perception to translate human visual experience into material form. She is a master of paint, and her apparent loose and gestural handling belies a powerful geometric structure.
Siner is also a devoted teacher who has influenced a generation of painters. She has been on the faculty of L’Institut d’Universités Américaines and Lacoste School of Art in France, a visiting professor at Xiamen University in China, Artist in Residence at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Dean of Faculty at the Washington Studio School and teaches many workshops and seminars.
In 1976 she moved to France, taught painting and art history at European university programs and exhibited in Aix-en-Provence, Paris and Marseilles. She is well known for her expertise in artistic anatomy and movement: She studied medicine at the Faculté de Médecine in Marseilles, taught anatomy at Georgetown Medical School and completed facial reconstructions to assist law enforcement in the USA. Since 2008 she has lived and painted in Venice, Italy, enamored of that city’s ever-changing surfaces, and continues to offer residential painting workshops in France, as well as online workshops and demos.
To see more of Maggie’s work, please visit her website.