The multimedia paintings of Susana Rapallo reflect the multiplicities of the modern world. Rapallo is able to pick out cultural harbingers from all corners of contemporary life for depiction. As an expat living in Spain, she has painted popular fashions, characteristic meals, art historical references, signs and symbols referring to current events and real places - anything that calls up a specific time and atmosphere. Her latest series, Rotten Apples, portrays the fruit at different stages of ripeness and decay and manages to give an oblique nod to everything from New York City to Cézanne. The series also explores themes of female relationships, complexities of emotion and feelings within the family dynamic.
Rapallo was born in São Paulo, Brazil and today lives in Madrid, Spain, where she works for the Embassy of Brazil. Her experiences living there, as well as in Belgium, Uruguay, Paraguay, New York, and China, have informed her wide array of cultural references. Rapallo is equally wide-ranging in her style, which has swerved between abstract and representative again and again over the course of her career. But she has a few hallmarks: robust lines, minimal background, a strong central composition, and a beautiful, saturated palette.