ROSSOCINABRO | Biography | Susan Nalaboff Brilliant | USA
Contemporary Art in Rome

Susan Nalaboff Brilliant 


My process...who I am and how I work goes back to the kitchen table as a young girl growing up on Long Island. Our family discussions - everything from art to politics to food. Art took the lead at the table; I think mostly because my dad's best friend was an art collector, and my dad was fascinated with art history and stories of artists. It was here at that table that the freedom to speak one's mind was encouraged in me and my brothers.

This intention was filled with the breath of curiosity, wonder, and love. For that I am grateful, and for the gift of seeing, sensing as an’ eternal beginner’; an invaluable lesson harvested amidst the smells and tastes of family dinner.

Yet this was was shadowed and weighted by the history of generations of migrating immigrants. Loss, trauma, fear, fortitude and survival played out in 3 generations as a silent Presence-a seemingly uninvited but recurring guest!

And within micro minutes, what started as a blossoming dialogue turned into chaos; everyone speaking at the same time and no one could be heard. And as the voices got louder there was the sound of the fist pounding on the glass table for ‘ decorum ‘. It was at this glass table that never broke, in the sunny kitchen where my mother was stirring something or other, that a YEARNING, a Calling to BE Seen, Heard, Witness/ed was emerging. My passion and commitment to becoming an artist was ignited during those experiences and began to form the backbone of a life of exploration in the arts. dance,..painting, drawing…choreography.

The charcoal seeps through the canvas, the yellow ochre drips, the bones are revealed, age and this life are marked. Handprints are left unscripted. Ancestral footprints walk across the canvas and ghosts collide. I sometimes distort to be more accurate to the truth I see. I learn by doing.

This is my journey... it is sacred play, full of surprises and ever open to the mystery of this life.



• Tamalpa Life/Art Practitioner Certification. ISMETA somatic educator.

• Experimental Drawing Workshop with Jeff Hirst online.

• Art Studio League NYC Classes workshops.

• 23RD St Studio – figure drawing Michael MARKOWITZ, SAN FRANCISCO.

• Abstraction with Frank D’Cain – Tuscany, Italy.

• Roslyn School of Painting – Mentored Charles Pasqualini, New York. • New York University grad classes – Dance in Education.

• Ithaca College, Magna Cum Laude, BA in Philosophy, New York.


Selected group exhibitions

• La Femme Artistie – COVID 19 Online (2020)

• IT’S LIQUID – Venice (December – January 2020)

• Clio Art Fair – NYC (2019)

• POIESIS – 599 Tennessee St Gallery – (2019)

• Women’s Imaging Cancer Center, Palo Alto. (2017 – Present)



• Interview with Luca Curca in Venice. 2020


"That it is being that speaks within us and not we who speak of being”

 15 century Japanese Scholar (1)

15 century Japanese Scholar (1)

 acrylics, ink, spackle; layers on paper

61 x 45 cm (24 x 18 inches)

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