A native of Brooklyn, New York, Claire Jeanine Satin's talent was first recognized when she was just 8 years old. Her parents decided against her studying under a well-known Russian sculptor in the area. Instead, they sent their daughter to Brooklyn Ethical Culture School, where she excelled. Claire continued her education at a public high school, where she noticed a dramatic change - no art courses were offered, with the exception of commercial art classes. She continued her education at Brooklyn Museum of Art School and Sarah Lawrence College, where she spent 2/3 of her time in studio arts, and earned her B.A. in Sculpture.
Her mentor, Theodore Roszak, shepherded Claire into the MFA program at Pratt Institute, and recommended her for a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant in sculpture, which she was awarded. He also recommended her as a fellow for the American Academy & Institute for Arts and Letters.
Claire taught art for several years at high schools in New York City before moving to Florida. In the late 70s, while teaching in the Art Department at Broward Community College (now Broward College), she met the composer John Cage, and also the minimalist composer Steve Reich and the avant garde filmaker Stan van der Beek. Claire became a follower of Cage's theories and his concept of indeterminacy. At his invitation, Claire visited John Cage at his apartment in Greenwich Village. This was followed by several more visits while Cage was in Miami. At a dinner, Claire gifted him an especially-made book expressing indeterminacy . In subsequent years, her work has been largely devoted to the concept of chance/indeterminacy, allowing this idea to take precidence over other pursuits of art-making in bookworks and related objects. To date, she has created over 100 bookworks.
Claire Jeanine Satin has been awarded 3 artist residencies to Venice, Italy by the Emily Harvey Foundation - in 2009, 2012 and in 2015. During these residencies, she pursued her research on the waters and gardens of the City. Following her residencies, she produced two short videos: "The Waters of Venice: Remembering Henry James" and "Water Veils".