Karolina Vera Sussland defected from the Czech Republic at the height of the cold war. Her family adopted Phoenix Arizona as their new home and she grew up in the Valley of the Sun. She studied chemistry and drawing at Arizona State University and has been a consequentially creative force in Phoenix since the 2000s.
Sussland’s paintings rely on precise drawing skills that are inspired by the work of Gerhard Richter. Her most recent work offers expressive meditations through mark making and color. The resulting paintings are powerful testaments to the endless variations of nature and the playfulness of the human spirit. Her lively compositions reflect a curiosity and charm reminiscent of Cy Twombly’s aesthetic.
Susslands’s work has been reviewed in Art Papers and the Arizona Republic. She is also one of the artists featured in Nan Ellin’s “Phoenix: 21st Century City” (Edward Booth-Clibborn, 2006).