Jill Flanders Crosby
Marianna M. Kim
Susan Matthews was born in Tucson and moved to Oakland, California at the age of five. She holds a BFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MFA in Painting from San Francisco State University. She teaches drawing and painting at the College of San Mateo and at Maybeck High School in Berkeley.
Susan began her travels to Cuba as a student of percussion, attending summer courses at Escuela Nacional de Arte in Havana from 1995 to 2000. She currently plays in a son/salsa band called Nuevo Mundo, based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
She has traveled widely in Mexico, Central and South America, Spain and Cuba, as well as Africa and Europe. Experiences in Latin America, Cuba and Africa have informed her paintings in recent years, and resonate with the cultural roots of the Oakland neighborhood where she was raised.
She has created an extensive series of paintings about Afro-Cuban music and folklore based on her musical studies in Cuba. Her images appear on album covers, book covers and websites around the world. Her work has been exhibited throughout California, Nevada, Alaska, Cuba, Chile and Ghana. Please visit www.SusanMatthewsGallery.com.
Roberto Pedroso García
Melba Núñez Isalbe
Banner image photographed by Odile Tevie