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My work is done in series.  Each series is inspired by a glimpse of nature a word in a book or undercurrents in my thoughts. It becomes  my passion and I must explore it with form and materials. I concern myself with the contrast between primitive cultures and contemporary aesthetics. I explore man's attempt to control nature and survive in an entropic world. 


Susana Arias was born in Panama City, Panama. She now lives in Santa Cruz, California where she is a sculptor and painter. In 1987 she was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant for her sculpture series "Earthworks". In 1997 Susana won the "Environs Enhancement Award from Cal Trans for her public art sculpture, "Finding our Past". For this artwork the California Archaeological Society honored her for Artistic Achievement and Advancement of Archaeological Awareness. Susana created "Arch at the Polo Grounds" in Aptos, for the County of Santa Cruz. In 2013 Susana was distinguished a "Artist of the Year" selected by the Santa Cruz County Arts Commission, with a proclamation by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors.


Susana's work is in public and private the collections throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Latin America including:

  • The Museum of the OAS in Washington D.C.,

  • Museo de Arte Contemporaneo in Panama, Rep. of Panama,

  • Museo Bolivariano in Santa Marta, Colombia,

  • Museo de Arte Moderno in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic,

  • Museo Casa de las Americas in Habana, Cuba,

  • Museo del Barro in Caracas, Venezuela, and

  • Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz, California.

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