Born in Romania in 1938, Chicago-based artist Susanna Tschurtz became a refugee in war-ravaged Europe at age six. Tschurtz spent eight years of her young life in a refugee camp until she was able to immigrate to the United States in 1952 under the Displaced Persons Act. Her unique work transforms the experiences of her childhood into universal human suffering. She paints the determination and hardship of women as they struggle to save their families from devastation. Her paintings are expressions of war as well as her sympathy for those who have suffered. Tschurtz's work is a reflection of the contemporary struggle against inhumanity in places such as Yugoslavia, New York City on 9/11, Afghanistan, Sudan, and Iraq.