SUSANNA FICHERA has been a fine art dealer and appraiser since 1987. Her original focus on late nineteenth and early twentieth century artists has evolved over the years, with her areas of interest and inventory reflecting her personal and eclectic approach to collecting. She now has narrowed her attention primarily to modern work, especially American, Italian-American, and Italian artists of the twentieth century. Her serendipitous arrival at this point follows an academic background in art history, auction work, and integration of family heritage. New passions continue to appear.
And yet, at the same time, a variety of works outside that scope still continue to be discovered. Assisting long established Maine collectors wishing to downsize or narrow their collections, she has added inventory spanning the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as some contemporary artwork. Media include paintings, prints, works on paper, and sculpture.
Susanna received her Master of Arts degree in Art History from Tufts University. Before graduate school, she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History at Boston College. Her formal art education also included study of fine art and Italian language at Loyola University in Rome, following a summer program in Umbria.
Prior to establishing her own business, Susanna was the director of American and European art at Skinner Inc. from 1984 until 1987. She also was a consultant and appraiser for Alfred J. Walker Fine Art in Boston for six years, where she authored an exhibition catalogue on Max Bohm, a show which was held at the Danforth Museum of Art and at the Cape Museum of Art, both in Massachusetts. Another exhibition catalogue written for AJWFA examined a small group of pencil sketches from a notebook by Cecilia Beaux.
Susanna currently owns a gallery in Brunswick, Maine, and exhibits yearly at the Boston International Fine Art Show in Boston, as well as at several small antique and art shows in Maine. She is a member of the New England Appraisers Association and has been a consultant for institutions of fine art in Maine, including the Bates College Museum of Art, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Portland Marine Society, and the Ogunquit Museum of American Art.