The art theorist
Christodoulos Callinos wrote:
‘’All works of art,
wrote Theodore Adorno, are enigmatic. This enigmatic
quality is due to the fact that while they say something
at the same time they mean something else. I would say
that the works of Susan Vargas hide more than one
enigma. In the work one can find hidden codes, symbols
and allegories which direct us to specific moments of
the European avant-garde as well as to the great
tradition of Iberian art from the prehistoric cave
paintings of Altamira to the masters of the 19th and
The work of Susan
Vargas questions the rational order and liberates the
latent elements of the objects. ”Painting”, wrote Andre
Breton, “should announce the coming of a new world” and
the artist has remained true to this call. Using
imagination and dreams as a weapon the artist frees
painting from oppressive structures and relations.
Flying bottles, boats that roam between the built and
pictorial environment, vehicles that are guided by
strange beasts, objects in unexpected places create a
paradoxical narrative which reactivate the mysterious
and magical qualities of everyday life. ”
Susan Vargas’ work
reflects a mature encounter between the Latin American
tradition and Mediterranean culture.
Susan Vargas was born
in Bogotá, Colombia in 1963. From 1982-86 she studied
art in Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, GA., USA and in
Florence, Italy. In 1987 she studied at the Hocshule
fur Angewendete Kunst in Vienna, Austria. From 1988 to
1989 she did experimental theatre and video art at the
Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá. In 1989-90
she did a postgraduate course in art at the Cyprus
College of Art.
In 1990 she started
the “Praxis & Installations” with Rinos Stefani.
Important series in her paintings are “Trees” and “Taureapolis”.
She has had 9 solo exhibitions and participated in many
group shows (Cyprus, Greece, France, Colombia, USA
etc.) She lives and works in Tala, Pafos.