Susana Espinoza, "Blue Abstract," 2001, mixed media, 36" x 48".
By Jennifer MacLeod and Shannon Heth
Susana Espinoza was born in Valparaiso, Chile, and came to Canada in 1976 after completing a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in graphic design from the Catholic University of Valparaiso. Since then Espinoza has moved from graphic design into oil painting, although her works still embody a graphic edge. Espinoza combines contrasting elements in her paintings, attempting to create harmony between opposites. For her, one of the greatest balances in life is found between the masculine and feminine. In her abstract paintings this balance is achieved by incorporating rough edges with soft curves. Many of her paintings showcase these opposing yet unifying forces. Her work is in many private collections around the world, as well as the Alberta Foundation for the Arts collection. Susana Espinoza's work is displayed at Fosbrooke Fine Arts, second level, Penny Lane Mall, 513 - 8 Avenue SW, Calgary. Espinoza works in the gallery every Thursday, and is glad to discuss her work.