VISUAL ARTIST - ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONIST
Susana Aldanondo is an abstract expressionist artist based in New York City, originally from Buenos Aires, she finds inspiration in the music that is deeply tied to her identity, tango and jazz. Her art journey begun during her teenage years when she took art classes and helped her father sell his work in the streets of SoHo. Susana studied art at The Art Students League of New York, with abstract art masters Ronnie Landfield and Frank O’Cain, and realistic and color art master Henry Finkelstein, taking part of their prestigious degree program. She received special recognition when selected to be one of Ronnie Landfield’s artists. She is a member of the distinguished and historic New York Society of Women Artists (NYSWA), the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA), and a member of the Brooklyn based artist organization Artsgowanus.
After winning a competition juried by The Milken Family Foundation, the Director at The Newport Contemporary Art Museum and the Colby College Museum, she has been the subject of group exhibits internationally and her work was also selected to be displayed at the Susquehanna Art Museum in a group exhibit that focused on works of art inspired by music. Her connection to music has led to collaborations with different musicians, composers, and music scholars who have sought her collaboration. She was invited to take part of the inaugural art gallery event and festival by National Arts Diversity Integration Association (NADIA) in Harlem, NY. NADIA is an inclusive organization that brings together musicians, composers and scholars of the Julliard Music School in New York City and Columbia University along with visual artists. Susana was selected to take part of an artist residency in Iceland where, along with a group of international artists, she worked at the local school and also the local prison, where she led the painting workshop and helped organize an art festival where the works of students and workshop participants were displayed.
Susana is also inspired by the city and its vibrancy, and can often be found painting in the streets of New York, while listening to music. She has become known for having painted on the Brooklyn Bridge, she has also painted in Times Square, Central Park, Astoria Park, in the streets of Long Island City and SoHo. Aldanondo believes in giving back to the city she loves and is a volunteer for Artworks NYC, an organization that connects NYC public school kids to the visual arts through a curriculum program and visits to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum, where she was a volunteer guide for the organization. When asked to choose a word that she identifies herself and her work with, her response was ‘rhythm.’