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 Susana Meoño  



1975 Fecha de nacimiento: 25 de junio de
1987-1982  Saint Paul’s school Educación Primaria
1992-1988 Saint Paul’s high school Bachiller en Enseñanza Media.
1993  Universidad Internacional de las Américas (U.I.A.) Turismo (dos cuatrimestres)
  1994-1993  Universidad Internacional de las Américas (U.I.A.) Administración de empresas (dos cuatrimestres).
  1998-1996  Instituto Técnico de Administración de Negocios (ITAN). Administración de empresas (cuatro cuatrimestres).
                      1998-1996  Instituto Técnico de Administración de Negocios (ITAN). Administración de empresas (cuatro cuatrimestres).
  1999 Universidad Nacional. Campus Omar Dengo Estudios Generales
  2000-2002  Universidad Nacional. Centro de Investigación de las artes (CIDEA). Escuela de Arte y Comunicación Visual. Diplomado en Arte y Comunicación Visual en la especialidad de escultura.
  2003-2002 Universidad Nacional. Centro de la Enseñanza (CIDE). Profesorado en la Enseñanza de las Artes Plásticas.
  2003 Universidad Nacional. Centro de Investigación de las artes (CIDEA). Arte y Comunicación Visual. Bachillerato en Arte y comunicación Visual con énfasis en escultura
Universidad Nacional. Centro de la Enseñanza (CIDE). Bachiller en la enseñanza de las artes plásticas


  2003 • Exposición de Escultura, Calderón Guardia
• Exposición de Escultura Casa de la Cultura San Antonio de Belèn
  2001 • Mención de honor Performance (proyecto de arte cinético) Teatro Atahualpa, Universidad Nacional ().
• Mención de honor Coreografía Boleros, Teatro Atahualpa, Universidad Nacional, Canal 13 SINART(
• Mención de honor colectiva, Coreografía Carmino Burana, Universidad Nacional, Centro de la Investigación de las Artes CIDEA, Arte y comunicación Visual(2001).
• CAEUNA en la asociación de estudiantes de la escuela de Arte y Comunicación Visual, Universidad Nacional.




The art of  four Costa Rican Woomen Sculptors. Summer, 2006.  Sculptural Pursuit

Poetic Expressions in Wood and Stone

MANY WORDS CAN DESCRIBE SCULPTOR SUSANA MEOÑO. They include single mother, art teacher, professional sculptor, interpreter, friend, and enthusiastic artist. All of her life she dreamed about becoming an artist. When she was a teenager she filled notebooks with drawings of the ideas that poured from her imagination. Her family, grandparents and parents, encouraged her creative gifts, but she chose to follow a more traditional career path. Later she decided to return to the arts and now pursues her career vigorously. After observing her at The Artists Refuge studio and later as the only woman in a wood carving symposium, it is obvious that she has found her true career path. Meoño approaches her sculpting projects with a positive aggression showing her mastery of the tools, large grinders and saws, and her love of the material, whether it is wood or stone. She shares the path she took to find her art career and her approach to the sculpting process.

SP: What led you to become a sculptor?
SM: At first I was afraid to study art so, when I finished my career studies, I worked as an accounting assistant. I realized that my life was empty without my art, so I quit my job and my career choice. I entered the National University of Art to start my dream of becoming an artist, but two years later I was pregnant. With the help and encouragement of family members, I did not quit my studies at the university, and I kept up my studies even after my daughter was born. She learned how to walk and how to talk in the classrooms. I graduated, and from that time until now, I live for the arts, not only as sculptor but as an art teacher.

SP: Would you talk about your materials and your approach to a project?
SM: I always select a theme for my projects, then I investigate and convert my research into sketches. When those images are decided and depending on my theme and my sketches, I choose texture, color, techniques, and materials. Technically, I prefer working wood and stone, especially stone.
I have to admit that sometimes I carve spontaneously without a sketch based on my investigations but from my imagination.

SP: What is the most important characteristic of your art?
SM: Organic forms, abstraction, and a metamorphosis of the human being and nature, or a symbiosis between one and another.

Meoño's stone sculptures balance raw edges with polished surfaces. Her wood sculptures follow the natural wood shapes and under her hands and tools evolve into a poetic flow of organic shapes. Whether she is working on small branches of wood or on large life-size trunks, her sculptures entices the viewer to run its hands over the smooth surface of the large works and their fingers over the small delicate works balanced atop their high metal rods.

SP: What challenges do you deal with as woman artist and as a single mother?
SM: Since I was at the university, my challenge was finding how to maintain a balance between being a great mother and a great artist. Concerning the economical terms, how do I finance my art (materials, tools) and a keep a balanced life for my daughter? I want to give her an appreciation of art and music. I would like to have her take violin lessons. That will mean finding the finances to do so. Again, it is about finding the balance.

SP: How do you keep motivated when things get tough in the studio or in your every day life?
SM: God, my mother, and my determination keep me motivated when things get tough.

SP: What gives you the most pleasure about your work?
SM: My pleasure indeed comes from my passion, when I am actually carving and when presenting the finished work. When I carve I feel myself being completed in the process. Every single piece of art I work has serious obstacles in all of its aspects that challenge me. I like the challenges presented to me while carving and when finishing the work; these are part of the ongoing learning process.

SP: As an art teacher, what is your particular approach to teaching?
SM: I like to open a new world, a new perspective to my students, a culture they can learn to enjoy. I want to help them find their passion for the arts. My goal is to encourage my students to gain self confidence while learning art.

SP: How do you deal with the business aspect of art?
SM: I try not to commercialize my work. I want to maintain my style. Because I make a living as a teacher, I have the privilege to make that choice.

SP: Who or what has been a main influence on your work?
SM: The main influences on my work have been Cubism, Japanese art, sculptor Donald Jiménez's art, nature, and my environment where I developed.

SP: Where do you see yourself in ten years?
SM: I see myself carving abroad, in Europe, and I want to encourage mega art projects for teenagers.

Quepos, una Historia en piedra

Quepos. Puntarenas Noviembre . 2007


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