susana arias


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Susana Arias, a native of Panama, Republic of Panama lives in Santa Cruz, California where she is a sculptor and painter.  She has a BFA from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her work is in the permanent collection of museums in the United States and Latin America.  Arias has lectured and taught workshops in Universities and Museums in the United States and Latin America and has participated in Symposiums in many Latin American countries. 
She was 2013 Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year; she received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1988 for her sculpture series “Earthworks”; and some of her other awards include: 2012 Project of the Year at Beach Area Roundabout in Depot Park, Santa Cruz, Ca.; the Santa Cruz Archaeological Society Presidential award for “Artistic Achievement and Advancement of Archaeological Awareness” for her Public art sculpture “Finding our Past” a bas-relief sculpture on Porter St./Bay Ave. Underpass. For this sculpture she also won in 1997 the “Environs Enhancement Award” given each year by Cal Trans to one California project.
Susana has a strong interest in Public Art and working with the community.  She worked with Gateway Students on a traffic circle on King Street “Light time”, a working sundial; with 150 third graders, on the tiles for the Santa Cruz Police department; murals a many schools and other public and private commissions.

Arias paintings are of people in uncomfortable poses. Her process is expressive, her colors subtle, resulting in whimsical yet profound works of art.