When did you first become interested in art?
I was about ten years old when I asked my mother for a private art teacher, it was an aunt that showed me my first steps.
When I was about 25 I started taking it seriously and looked for professional art schooling in Argentina where I was born.
What style of art do you use most?
Although now I change back and forth from canvas to digital art, I see myself repeating collage, and that is how I started my first real pieces of art.
Has your style changed from when you first began as an artist?
As you mature as a person, your art matures as well. My children have all left the house already and I have ‘Me time’ to think and construct my art.
What medium do you use?
I use canvas. Seldom it is plain canvas painting. I usually do 2D and 3D paintings with collage, using all types of materials, from wood to leather.
Some 5 years ago, I learned Illustrator and Photoshop and it opened a new window of work for me.
What made you choose that medium?
Regarding paint, I use acrylics because it was the fastest drying medium. I usually travelled with my art from the studio to my house and it was easier for me to use this medium.
Digital Design just enamored me, though I realize it has me sitting many hours in front of the computer. I have attended several courses and I buy books to teach myself.
Do your ideas come from life or imagination?
Everything comes to me from imagination but, it is so connected to what surrounds me, that I am astound at the results.
If I hear news that affects me in any way it will come up in my next painting. There is an example of a troubling story of a middle east woman who was beaten and without even thinking about it my next piece was about equal rights for women. Or, when I helped the indigenous people of my country during one year and, up to today, I have an incline for indigenous art. I learned a lot from them.
How do you choose your images and colors?
I start coloring the blank canvas and the images and theme appear. It might take a day or two but, images always appear.
Do you work in a studio?
I gave up my studio here in Miami two years ago when the economy went so bad. We had a three artist studio called Raw Art and we also turned it into a gallery It was a wonderful experience.
At the same time, my smallest child left the house so, I took her space and it turned out Ok for me to paint in.
Who is your favorite artist?
My favorite artist is, and has always been, Dali. His art, it moves me a lot.
What is your favorite piece of work by yourself?
My favorite piece of work is called Faces. It is a gray background with people wearing hats and walking, without seeing each other.
How much time (on average) does it take to complete a work?
Canvas 2D and 3D work may take two weeks. Digital work may take 3 days.
How well do you take criticism?
Love criticism, it allows me to grow and think on how other people see my work.
I had a critic from Buenos Aires, English Herald, make a complete appreciation on my art and it was wonderful, because it was so true, up to that moment I had not realized it.
The title was “A VERSATILE ARTIST”
“Parallel versatility is unusual amongst most artists, but that is not the case with Susy Navon, Éwhile one work is geometric she then takes the viewer into a world of flowing movement and is also dealing with our native heritage.”
This critic allowed me to be myself, my teachers had always encouraged that I had to stick to one type of art, but that is not me. I am a Gemini!!!
What do you do to overcome a ‘block’?
Just leave it.
If I am in middle of a painting and I am blocked, I might start another piece and leave it standing there for some days. I will think about it, look at it and the piece will call me back when I am ready.
If I am blocked to start a new piece, I try digital art and it always works for me.
How do you know something is ‘finished’? Is it easy to walk away?
I hang the piece and look at it for several days before I say it is finished. The work tells you if it needs to be retouched.
Sometimes you see the piece some years after and you are in a different frequency and you look at it and think differently about it.
Have you had exhibits in galleries?
I have had several exhibits, many in Argentina but also many in Miami and in New York.
I have sent my art to different juried exhibitions and I entered some of them.
“The Rotating Art Exhibit of the City of Aventura, Fl.
” The “Art Serve 3D Experience” in Fort Lauderdale Fl.
“Harvest indoor Art Experience” in Miami Fl.
“Hollywood all-media Juried biennial” Hollywood Fl.
And I did several Gallery shows here,
A solo in “Missura Art Gallery”in Coral Gables,
A solo in “Raw Art Gallery”, in Hallandale Fl.
A solo in “ANSU Gallery, Hollywood, Fl.
A group art in ‘Latin American Museum of Art” Hialeah Fl.
A group Art in “Art Fusion Gallery” Midtown Miami, Fl.
A Group art with the National Collage Society, in Lincoln Center’s Cork Gallery New York and,
last May I had an exhibit at the “Affordable Art Fair” in New York.
More of my exhibits in Argentina you can find in my web site.
Have you any exhibits in galleries planned for the future?
I will be Exhibiting during Latin American Art fair at the end of February, in Miami Convention Center.
Centro de Edicion Gallery Booth # 302
Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Fl.
March 2 to 5
What are you currently working on?
I went to Washington for Thanksgiving and took beautiful pictures that I transformed and of course collaged with Photoshop and added them to my www.fineartamerica.com space.
What are your plans for the future?
I am working on the pieces I will exhibit at the Convention Center and I look forward to continue my education.
What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
My first teacher told me never to give up collage, that I was a pro at it. I was very young but, those words certainly got stuck into my head.
What advice would you give new artists?
To keep on learning and always be surrounded by artists. It is contagious. Go to Museums and be part of the movement in your town.
Have you done any courses to help you?
So many, I have learned all types of different techniques with different artists, in painting as well as in computer. They are all featured in my web site.
In Florida I took a docent course training at the Museum of Art of Fort Lauderdale that helped me a lot to understand American Art as well as Contemporary American Art that I was not familiar with.
What do you do to market your work?
Marketing comes along with exposure. I try to exhibit, I send art to different juried shows. I have won some prizes and that keeps me going. I am looking to learn more about marketing. There are so many new media that I still have to learn about.
Do you use social networking in your day to day life?
I have my own web page www.susynavon.com
I upload art to www.fineartamerica.com
I have a group in Facebook called INTARTE where I connect with some Argentina artist friends and post some art there.
I also have a blog, www.susynavon.blogspot.com which I do not update frequently.
Are you available for work (commissions)?
Not really a fan on commission work, I prefer selling my work. I have done some however, it is not always easy working with another point of view, I do a lot of computer photos arrangements.
Have you got hobbies?
Reading and traveling are my hobbies, I am also learning fabric design.
Where are you based?
I live in Aventura, Miami, Florida since 2001, and I love this place.