" Things come to me on the spur of the moment. I cover every little piece of paper and I grow
with my work. Using ink (Japanese sumi) and water, I have to let each stroke dry to
see what's happening, then I go back to it. Sometimes I feel I should stop and leave empty
spaces, but then I feel a need to go on. It is a very intense and meditative process. "



The daughter of a Venezuelan mother and an Italian father, sumi-e artist and potter
Susana B. Endo grew up surrounded by Mount Avila in Caracas. Combining the tropical
influence of her native land with a fascination for the culture of her Japanese husband,
Endo creates subtle contrasts in chiaroscuro. Abstract compositions of wild bamboo
vegetation shimmering in the breathless heat of a rainforest complement the sophisticated
coolness of Endo's graceful ink brush technique.

She studied at the Koho School of Sumi-e under the Supervision of Koho Yamamoto
Sensei,
at the Parsons School of Design , and Chinese Calligraphy at
Kampo Cultural Center, all in New York City.
She also apprenticed with Master Potter Sakuma Fujia in Mashiko, Japan
(Samples).

Endo's Sumi-e paintings won first prize during an exhibition at The Brooklyn Botanic Garden,
third prize at the Venezuelan Center , and a Bronze mention at the Kampo Cultural Center
for her Calligraphy.


©"New Art International" A Selection of Recent Works by World Contemporary Artists Book Art Press, New York 1996.