Author Archives: Susana Rapallo

About Susana Rapallo

Susana Rapallo sketches about her experiences as a Brazilian artist. Her blog is an illustrated journey of traveling and exploring art.

REFLEC JOY oil on canvas 81 x 81 cm

Reflections on Women

SRapallo, Reflection on Women #1, watercolor and ink on paper, 50x70cm, 2016.

Reflections on Women #1, ink and acrylic on paper, 50 x 70 cm

” Reflections on female relationships, complexities of emotions and feelings, family and relatives. Family and people I have known, representations, figuratively, abstractly or both.

Working on, sometimes a tender palette, sometimes a more vibrant one, capturing a glimpse of female feelings, strong but also subtle. For me, the female psyche are represented by clouds and drips of paint highlighting the rich texture of the canvas. I enjoy using natural powder pigments forming shadows and lights that are changing and transforming itself, colors interactions altering the final results, forming new details, totally unexpected. I think it’s fascinating to see how all those colors and forms take me to different aspects of my own journey on this life. ”




SRapallo, Alpargatas, watercolor on W&N 300gsm, 42x29.7cm.


SRapallo, Alpargatas, watercolor on W&N 300gsm, 42x29.7cm.

SRapallo, Alpargatas, watercolor on W&N 300gsm, 42×29.7cm.

Espadrilles (Alpargatas)

It’s an eternal fashion made in Spain. They are hand made with thousands of different models: flat or with high heels. An authentic and traditional shoes. The oldest store in Madrid is Casa Hernanz, since 1845.

I bought mine last summer. They are perfect for hot days…



Alpargatas estão eternamente em moda na Espanha. São confeccionadas em mil modelos diferentes: sem salto ou com salto. São sapatos autênticos e tradicionais. A loja mais antiga em Madri é a Casa Hernanz, desde 1845.

Eu comprei esse par no verão passado. São perfeitas para dias quentes…




SRapallo, digital drawing, Madrid, 2016.

Welcome to Rio de Janeiro – Olympics 2016

File_000Welcome to Rio de Janeiro

As a Brazilian artist, I made this digital work to celebrate the Olympic Games – Rio 2016; this is my contribution to the athletes. I know our country has problems, big problems but the Olympic Games, is after all, a celebration for the athletes, made by them and for them.

Now, Rio de Janeiro belongs to them….

Pollution, zika, violence, accommodation problems… they will overcome all of this for the love of sports.

Good luck to all of them!


Bem-vindo ao Rio de Janeiro

Como artista brasileira, fiz esse desenho digital para celebrar as Olimpíadas – Rio 2016; é minha contribuição aos atletas. Eu sei que o país tem problemas, grandes problemas, mas as Olimpíadas são como uma festa para os atletas, feita por eles e para eles.

Agora, Rio de Janeirio pertence a eles…

Poluição, zika, violência, problemas de acomodação… eles irão superar tudo isso pelo amor aos jogos.

Boa sorte a todos!


SRapallo, Tapas 1, watercolor on W&N 300gsm, 42x29.7cm.

Malasaña, Madrid

#2 – Tapas

Everything in Malasaña invites you to stay and grab a beer. Impossible not to try their famous “tapas” sandwiches made with a selection ranging from Iberian ham to fillets. Most of the sandwiches are served on either a crunchy ‘pan de cristal’ or tortillas.

Everyday is a day of Fiesta!! And the summer season has just started.


Platea Madrid

#1 – Mangos

I couldn’t resist the temptation to buy the iPad Pro…  and yes, I’m talking about the gigantic one! Now, I’m discovering how to use all these amazing tools for drawing, sketching, coloring, and also trying new ways to ally technology to my old fashion way of doing art: pen, pencils, watercolor, mixed media and oil.

Mangos, Madrid, 2016

SRapallo, Mangos, illustration, Madrid, 2016.

I’ve decided now to work on watercolor because of its freshness and unexpected final results. It’s been a long time since I’ve worked with this particular media and I need to practice to regain the skills I lost to express what I want to. As the seasons in Spain change, the variety of food changes with it. So I decide to start a new project: to capture the Spanish way of enjoying food .
Mangos aquarelle, Madrid, 2016.

SRapallo, Mangos, watercolor, Madrid, 2016.

The portraits of street vendor boys from Paraguay represent the lost childhood, the anguish of living in the streets, never knowing when their next meal might be. Their features are nonetheless simple, despite the everyday hardness. They look intriguing, sweet but also rebellious.

No Talk

SRapallo, “No talk”, mixed media on paper, Paraguay, 2003.