Suzy Papanikolas

Dancer with Silk Lei and Yellow Orchids
30 x 26 in

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About the Artist

Suzy Papanikolas

Suzy was born in Memphis and moved to California when she was two. She grew up in the small artist town of Laguna Beach. Her mother was a watercolorist and sculptor and her father started the Art School in Laguna and was a board member for the Festival of Arts for over fifty years.

Suzy is a mother, has been a musician/song writer, farmer, psychotherapist, carpenter, decorative painter, muralist, and now a fine arts painter. She has lived in Europe and Mexico and has traveled widely throughout the South Pacific.

Suzy resided in Makawao, Maui for seven years and established herself as a well loved portrait artist. She has now moved to the Big Island near Hilo. Suzy has received many honors: best in show for the East Bay Watercolor Society and The Great Makawao Paint Out. She has had many one woman shows and has been a part of many juried shows like the prestigious Art Maui and the Hui No’eau Annual.

Suzy has a great love for the Hawaiian and Polynesian culture and spends much of her time going to gatherings like the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival, the Taro Festival, Tahiti Fete and the International Canoe Carving Festival. She sees such beauty in the people and wants to record this great renaissance of the Hawaiian culture. Her collectors are many, from local Hawaiians to all lovers of the Polynesian culture. Nainoa Thompson, Navigator of the Hokule’a is an owner of one of her works. It is her great desire that one learns about and honors this beautiful culture that she lives in and feels very lucky to be a part of. 

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