Susan Nalaboff Brilliant is an artist whose work centers on the figure in abstraction, movement and stillness. Her training in dance, deep interest in visual art, and a scholarship at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center led to an invitation to create posters for a company season in the Diaghilev-Ballet Russe tradition.
Susan graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy Magna Cum Laude from Ithaca College where she studied art with Allen Atwell and dance with Vergio Cornei. Upon moving to New York City she continued taking classes with Isaac Sawyer and Robert Cenedella at the Art Students League while pursuing her career in dance and choreography.
Susan's work has been exhibited at the New York Painters Studio Gallery where she studied with Charles Pasqaulini and was included in group exhibitions at The Art Students League in Manhattan. Her paintings are in several private collections and were included in the Gambino family exhibitions on Long Island. Since moving to San Francisco her work has been featured in several "Open Studios" and she is currently creating new work at her studio in San Francisco's Dogpatch district.
In 2017 a visit to her Open Studio by Jessie Jacob MD led to "Art & Healing", an exhibition of her paintings at the Northern California Women's Imaging Center in Palo Alto. Several of her paintings are now included in the center's permanent collection. In 2018 she became the curator for the center’s ongoing series of art exhibitions.
Art & Healing is a continuing theme for Susan’s work. She graduated from Tamalpa Institute in 2018, a 3 year program inspired by the dance and expressive arts of Ana & Daria Halprin.
This program deepened her art practice with somatic and embodied awareness. She is now a Tamalpa Life/Art Practitioner® and believes that the arts - movement, dance, painting, poetry & writing – open new pathways of expression through each individual’s own life experiences.
On Saturday and Sunday April 27-28, 2019, she is presenting a Gallery Event "Poiesis" at 1599 Gallery in San Francisco that includes her new paintings, collaborations with other artists, videos, music & dance performance. This event will explore the creative process using Tamalpa Life/Art Process® as part of the Art Corps Program and will include a workshop which is free and open to everyone.
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