Born in 1922 in Budapest, Suzanne Perlman developed her love of art while helping at her parents' art and antiques gallery. In 1940, Perlman escaped a war-torn Holland and settled in Willemsted, opening an antiques shop with her husband. Perlman worked in the attic above their studio, painting street vendors, domino players and ritual dancers. In the 1960s, Perlman attended a workshop run by the artist Oskar Kokoschka who then invited her to work with him in his studio. Perlman has since exhibited her work extensively across the globe, having held shows at Carsons Pirie and Scott Department of Fine Art, Chicago, Galleries Antillas, San Juan, Boundary Gallery, London and the Saatchi Gallery, London. Perlman's works are held in numerous public collections including The Rijks Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Royal Collection and Ben Uri Museum and Gallery, London. Perlman's Self-Portrait (2002) was acquired by Ruth Borchard Collection in 2015.
Perlman's work is recognisable for its bold and expressive style. Inspired by the works of van Gogh, Perlman's self-portrait in oil paint is rendered in dynamic brushstrokes, in Perlman's own words: 'The brushstrokes reveal the inner person - they have to be very real and immediate - not something you can teach or be taught. Painting itself is at once a sensuous and philosophical process, revealing something about the ancient nature of your soul.'