Holly Suzanne Rader, b.1977, Bristol, TN. Currently lives and works in Passaic, NJ
Holly Suzanne Rader began her fine arts career as a classically-trained portrait painter, while in recent years evolving into a sculptor and mixed media artist exploring a wide range of materials including acrylic, photo collage, wax, resin, paper mache, sequins, glitter and even candy. She is drawn to subject matter typically of vintage glamour. Bright drops of paint, glitter-enhanced photos, and high gloss finishes create a visual seduction of color and texture. The overture of her work, whether on canvas or in sculpture, evokes a playful presence of the feminine soul. While completing her MFA at the Savannah College of Art and Design, she traveled extensively and received international recognition. She was a featured artist in the 2002 “women by women” exhibition at the Mona Bismarck Foundation in Paris. She was commissioned to create paintings for the 2006 scad fashion gala honoring designer Vera Wang. In 2010, the college commissioned her to create over one hundred mixed-media fiber works to be installed at their new Hong Kong campus. Cottage living magazine described her work as “blending femininity with modern form.” She has also been featured in the New York Times, the Atlanta journal constitution, and Le Monde and Le Figaro magazines.