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Suzanne Duranceau
(450) 646-5571
Fax (450) 646-2467
Suzanne Duranceau Illustratrice, Inc.
250 Bord de l'eau
East Longueuil (Quebec) Canada J4H 1A2



Kids books

All images © Suzanne Duranceau

Suzanne was born, raised and educated in Montreal, Quebec. She received her Diploma of Collegial Studies DEC in French literature in 1972 from the St. Laurent College of General and Professional Education (CEGEP). She was subsequently accepted as a self-taught student at the Montreal School of Fine Arts where she honed her skills in painting and etching for 3 years. An additional year of advanced training in animation movies followed at the prestigious National Film Board of Canada with the film Director Pierre Veilleux . She got there in contact with talented background artists and discovered through them the world of Illustration.

Duranceau has refined her skills and established an international reputation as a freelance illustrator over the 30 years, initially coming to public attention through her work illustrating children’s books. Her works have subsequently found their way into a variety of public venues including periodicals, most notably Smithsonian Magazine, books, posters and advertising. Suzanne has shown her works throughout Canada, the U.S., South America , Europe and Asia.

Her images depict serene and ethereal worlds, where animals and humans live together in harmony. There is often a note of surrealism in her otherwise realistic portrayals that intimates at an important marriage among the elements of technical ability, appropriate detail, conceptual strength and a deep love for nature and environment. Suzanne currently works out of her studio in Montreal where she attends to her American and European clients.


Suzanne Duranceau has received consistent recognition over the years for her art work. This includes:

  • 2007 Honored for her ten years of teaching in the Graphic Design Department at Ahuntsic CEGEP. Teaching : Plastic Language (Communication with the image) , Sketch & Drawing in Perspective and Live Model.
  • 2002 Honored by CAPIC (Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators in Communication) for help to the development of the profession.
  • 1995 - Award of Excellence from the Communication Art Illustration Annual for Holbein’s cats
    - Merit Award from the Society of Illustrators for the Gainsborough’s cat (NY, NY)
  • 1993 – Honored by the Quebec Illustrator’s Association for the ongoing excellence of her work
    - CAPIC Annual Show, Gold Award for the illustrations of the children book Hickory
    Dickory Dock, published by Scholastic Canada
  • Numerous Gold and Silver medals :
    o Canadian Association of Packaging
    o Houston Society of Illustrators
    o Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators in Communication
    o The Studio Magazine Annual
    o Toronto Art Director’s Club
    o Montreal Publicity Club
  • Twice selected for the Governor General’s Award of Canada for illustrations in children’s books for:
    o Nuits Magiques, published at la courte échelle (Montreal, Quebec)
    o Hickory, Dickory, Dock published at Cholastic Canada (Toronto, Ont)


  • 1983 – 1985: Co-founder and founding President - Quebec Illustrator’s Association (AIIQ)
  • 1992: National President - Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators in Communication.
  • Current member of The Society of Illustrators
  • Honorary member of the AIIQ (Quebec Illustrators’ Association)
  • Current member of CAPIC (Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators in Communication.
  • Past member of:
    o 2005 The Canadian Governor General Award’s Jury (Ottawa, Ont)
    o 1999 Graphic Art Contest Grafika 2000 jury (Quebec)
    o 1999 Applied Art Magazine Jury (Toronto, Ont.)
    o Quebec Minister of Culture Jury (Montreal, Quebec)

  • Guest lecturer and instructor at:
    o Quebec University – Montreal
    o Alberta College of Art – Calgary
    o University of Western Ontario


  • Poster for a Mental health institution Designer :David Ferreti ( Brazil)
  • CLIMA LATINO Exhibition International Conference on Global Warming (Quito, Ecuador)
  • MedNews (Vienna, Austria) Pharmaceutical Advertising
  • Iz Communication (Montreal, Québec) Pharmaceutical Advertising
  • United Nations (NY, NY) 12 Stamps on Endangered species
  • The Royal Canadian Mint (Ottawa, Ont)
    o Design of a Silver coin to celebrate the 400t Anniversary of the foundation of Quebec City
    o Design of a Gold coin for the 130th Anniversary of the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Liturgy Training Publications ( Chicago, Il) Calendar
  • Canada Post (Ottawa, Ont) Thirteen (13) of her designs have been featured on Canadian stamps, the most recents are:
    o Dugua de Mons Stamp celebrating the first New France settlement,
    o Chief Mik’maq Membertou Stamp.
    o 2006 Year of the Dog Stamp
  • Davis Publications (Worcester, Ma)
  • Canadian Wild Life Federation (Ottawa, Ont) Canadian Wetland ecosystem Poster
  • Safari Ltd (Miami, Fl) Poster
  • Kensington Publications, (NY) Book Cover
  • GoodNature Publishing (Seattle, Wa) Hedgerow ecosystem Poster