The Internationally acclaimed artist, sculptor and professor, Julio Susana was born in La Vega Real, Dominican Republic in 1937 and attended the Institute of Hispanic Culture of Madrid in Spain on scholarship. Through the years, Susana has participated in dozens of individual and collective exhibitions in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Spain, Canada, New York, California, Washington D.C. and South Florida. He has taught art at Miami Dade College, The Academy of Fine Arts in San Francisco and in his native land, where he served as Director of the School of Fine Arts in La Vega Real.
The artist lived in NYC in the 1970’s during which time he founded the Academy of Arts at the New York City American Museum of Natural History. While in NY, his works were also exhibited at the Cultural Dominican Institute in Greenwich Village and the International Gallery at the Bronx Museum.
1n 1985, Susana exhibited his paintings at the United Nations, where he performed original songs and was honored with a 40th Anniversary Peace Medal. Additionally, The Artist has been recognized and congratulated by The White House for his artistic achievements. Other honors have included a room dedicated in his honor at The Museum of the Dominican Man and an exhibition at the Secretaria de Estado de Cultura in Santa Domingo.
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about the artist
Julio Susana came into this world on July 27, 1937, in La Vega Real, Dominican Republic. He studied at the Academia de Bellas Artes (Academy of Fine Arts) in Santo Domingo, where he won two awards in painting and sculpture. His artistic talents then earned him a scholarship to Spain’s renowned Instituto de Cultura Hispánica de Madrid (Institute of Hispanic Culture of Madrid). Upon graduation, Julio hosted an exhibition of his work, which was widely praised by critics.
Susana’s first professional exhibition was held at Instituto Benefactor (Charitable Institute) in 1959. That same year, he hosted his second exhibition at Instituto Cultural Dominico Americano (Dominican-American Cultural Institute). Four years later, he was honored as the painter of the year at the 11th Biennial Exhibition held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and was commissioned to exhibit his work at the Puerto Rico Bar Association. Then in 1963, Julio took his talents to the classroom, becoming an art professor at Academia de Bellas Artes (Academy of Fine Arts) in San Francisco de Macoris. In 1965, the government named Julio Susana as Director of the School of Fine Arts at Academia de Bellas Artes (Academy of Fine Arts) in La Vega Real.
A year later, Susana opened his own gallery in Santo Domingo, while participating in 12 individual and eight collective exhibitions at various locales in Santiago and La Vega, and also the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts). The artist moved to San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1967. In 1969, he participated in several exhibitions with Latin American painters, and in another exhibition with 27 painters at the Miami Beach Library. Soon after, he relocated to New York, where he lived for 17 years. While in NY, he exhibited at the Cultural Dominican Institute in Greenwich Village, the International Gallery at the Bronx Museum and the Ponce Bank in Queens.
Susana founded the Academy of Arts at New York City’s American Museum of Natural History in 1974. That same year, he also exhibited his paintings and original songs about world peace at the United Nations, which honored him with the 40th Anniversary Peace Medal. Susana moved to Miami, Florida in 1985. Here he joined the South Florida Art Center Association and taught classes at Miami Dade College while premiering exhibitions in South Florida.
From 1986 to 1989, Susana operated an art gallery on Lincoln Road in South Beach, and held several individual and collective exhibitions in South Florida at The Miami Herald lobby, Merpag Galeria in Coral Gables, Genesis Galeria in the Design District, Miami Beach Library, Latin American Museum in Miami, Maria Calas Design in Coral Gables and West Palm Beach Library Gallery. In 1994 and 1995, he traveled to New York to host several more exhibitions. Then in 1995, The White House congratulated him for all his artistic achievements and success throughout the years.
Susana held two exhibitions at the Museo del Hombre Dominicano (Museum of the Dominican Man) in 1999. He held his last U.S. exhibition at Domingo Padron Art Gallery in Coral Gables, Florida in 1999. In 2007, the Museum of the Dominican Man in Santo Domingo named one of its rooms: Temporal Julio Susana. That same year he exhibited “Colores de mi Tierra” at the Secretaria de Estado de Cultura in Santo Domingo.
More recent years have seen Julio as the solo exhibit at the Denise Roberge Gallery in Palm Desert California (2008). October of 2010 saw Julio’s mural work exhibited at The New Art Center in NYC. This was followed by a November 2010 exhibit at the Museo Casa Reales in Santa Domingo. In December of 2010, Julio exhibited at the Red Dot Art Fair in Miami and his work can be seen this Spring 2011 with Artisan Direct at ArtExpo NYC.
Now living in Palm Springs, California, the artist continues to seek new opportunities to exhibit his work in any location.
Past Exhibitions and Important Dates
- 1963 Graduated from Palacio De Bellas Artes
- 1963 Won a scholarship to Instituto De Cultura Madrid, Spain. He studied with master artist Vella Zanetti.
- 1964 Became director of La Escuela De Bellas Artes in La Vega, Dominican Republic
- 1969 Exhibition at The Law College, Santurce, Puerto Rico
- 1971 The Cultural Civic Center, New York, New York
- 1977 Was a proffessor at the Museum of Natural History In New York City
- 1978 The Museum of Modern Art, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
- 1978 The Chamber of Commerce, Santiago, Dominican Republic
- 1979 The Chamber of Commerce, La Vega, Dominican Republic
- 1982 The Ambassador Hotel, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
- 1984 The United Nations, (awarded the medal of peace), New York, New York
- 1998-99-2000 El Museo Del Hombre, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
- 2002 El Colegio De Artistas Plasticos, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
- 2003 El Museo De La Casa Reales, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
- 2004 Secretaria De Cutura, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
- 2007 Mila Hagar Gallery, Coral Gables, Florida
- 2008 Dennis Roberge Gallery, Palm Desert, California
- 2008 Museo De La Familia, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
- 2010 Solo Exhibition, The New Art Center, New York
- 2010 Solo Exhibition, Museo de las Casas Reales, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
- Julio’s work has been reviewed by many critics, including:
- Reginaldo Atanai
- Pedro Rene Contin Aybar
- Amando Alvarez Bravo
- Danilo De Los Santos
- Candido Geron
- Virginia Goris
- Joan Luis Moltane
- Susana Morillo
- Uti Rivas
- Fernando Urena Riz
- J.M. Garcia Rodriguez
- Dora Rubiano
- Jose Saldana
- Luis Torre Solarez
- Fernandez Spencer
- Manuel Valideperes