Barbara Safran de Niverville’s large-format paintings and low relief panels explore the tension between beauty, natural forces, and technology, a domain between wilderness and civilization. Born in New York City, USA, Safran de Niverville has made her home in New Brunswick, Canada, since 1973. Known primarily as a landscape painter, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with Distinction from Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, in 1977. Safran de Niverville obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Lesley University College of Art and Design (formerly) the Art Institute of Boston, Cambridge, MA) in 2014. Honors include the Alumni Award for the most progress during the MFA program and the Sheila Hugh MacKay Master of Fine Arts Scholarship.
Nominated for the 2018 Prix Éloizes in visual arts, Safran de Niverville has shown her work widely in Atlantic Canada since the late 1970s. She has also exhibited her drawings and paintings in Ontario, Manitoba, Iceland, and the USA. Safran de Niverville has participated in artist residencies and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards. As a cultural advocate, Safran de Niverville regularly takes part in professional peer juries, maintains membership in cultural organizations, and has taught visual arts at the Université de Moncton. Safran de Niverville lives and maintains a studio in Riverview, NB.