Lida Suchy is a first-generation American born into a refugee family. She often draws on this background as inspiration for her creative work. For more than 30 years, she has chronicled various communities through portraiture. This eleven-image-sample comes from her ongoing series Portrait of a Village: The People of Kryvorivnya, Ukraine, which she has documented with her 8 x 10 view camera since 1992.
In support of her creative work, Suchy has been named Guggenheim Fellow (2016), New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellow (2106), and Fulbright Scholar (2012-14); she was awarded Light Work Grants (2016, 2010) and was an Artist-in-Residence (1994); a New York State Council on the Arts/CNY Arts Grant (2008); an ArtsLink Grant (1996); and an International Research & Exchanges Board Fellowship (1988), among others.
Selected solo or two-person exhibitions include: Washington Project for the Arts, Washington DC; Photographer’s Gallery, London; Light Work, Syracuse NY; Castellani Art Museum, Lewiston NY; Spisske Museum, Levoca Czechoslovakia; European Month of Photography, Bratislava Slovakia; and ArtRage Gallery, Syracuse NY. Suchy received her MFA from the Yale School of Art in 1992. Her photographs are in public collections including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Brooklyn Museum; Eastman Museum, Rochester NY; Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris France; and, Ivan Franko Museum, Kryvorivnya Ukraine.