Nov 19, 2021 - Dec 13, 2021
Susana Aldanondo is an abstract expressionist artist based in New York City, originally from Buenos Aires, she grew up in Astoria, Queens, New York; she finds inspiration in the music that is deeply tied to her identity, tango and jazz. Susana is part of the Fine Arts program at The Art Students League of New York, she studied with abstract art masters Ronnie Landfield and Frank O’Cain, Henry Finkelstein, Peter Bonner.
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. She 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, Chinatown and SoHo. She has been sought after by New York City based tango orchestras and organizations such as Cuartentango, Suarez Paz Tango, and Central Park Tango where she was invited to lead a painting workshop during the centennial Astor Piazzolla celebratory events, and where painted live to the music of the bandoneón by bandoneón player Tito Castro, respectively.
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.
Susana’s work focuses in the connection and unique inspiration she finds in music, as well as in the vibrant and diverse culture found in New York City, the city she loves. Her work is recognized as her unique style, composed of an energetic rhythm between color and gestural lines that define her style as uniquely her own.
Susana’s most recent exhibitions include:
London Art Biennale 2021, This Must Be The Place Exhibition at One Brooklyn Bridge Park, Art We Need Now at One Brooklyn Bridge Park, Women in The Arts presented by the Four Seasons Hotel & Residencies Downtown, Women’s History Month Exhibit presented by the New York Society of Women Artists for the organization’s Centennial Celebratory Exhibition at Taller Boricua in East Harlem, New York, Memory Exhibition by the New York Society of Women Artists, Saint Mark’s Place presented by Artsgowanus, Art For Environmental Justice presented by Artsgowanus, Creating Joy Contemporary Art Exhibition - art inspired by music at the Susquehanna Art Museum, Amplified Currents Art Festival in Harlem, NY presented by the National Arts Diversity Integration Association (NADIA), The Creative Climate Awards at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office of New York presented by the Human Impact Institute of New York, Selected by the Arctic Research Consortium of the US (ARCUS) for their book cover.
“Blue skies Smiling at me Nothing but blue skies Do I see Bluebirds Singing a song Nothing but bluebirds All day long Never saw the sun shining so bright Never saw things going so right Noticing the days hurrying by When you're in love, my how they fly Blue days All of them gone Nothing but blue skies From now on I never saw the sun shining so bright Never saw things going oh-so right Noticing the days hurrying by When you're in love, my how they fly Blue days All of them gone Nothing but blue skies From now on…”
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