“Art is a line around your thoughts.”

– Gustave Klimt


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After graduating from the university with a degree in English, Susanna Patras decided to follow a different career path and continued her studies in multimedia and photography. While during the first part of her career she focused on journalism and poetry, a few years ago her interest shifted towards visual arts, in particular graphic design and photography. Living on the western coast of the US, she often finds inspiration in scenes from the desert and the Pacific coast.

With an eye for minimal compositions, she feels more attracted to shapes, forms and the light that falls upon them. Photography can relate to poetry, in particular, haiku, because it can operate with the same distillation of vocabulary. The transition from poetry to photography was therefore simple.

Aesthetically influenced by both European and Asian minimalism, as well as the dramatic landscapes of Ansel Adams, her photographs seek to express a quiet moment of contemplation in nature, more than a document of the place. The viewer can experience feelings of solitude, harmony, and atmospheric drama. Composition is not only about careful placement of the subject in the frame, but also an experiment with the space between things. This is based on the concept of “Ma”, a Japanese word that means “space” between two parts.

Susanna Patras was a member of the Houston Center for Photography, and currently, a member of the Visual Artists’ Union of Romania. She is also a contributor to a few photo stock agencies.


September 24 – October 5, 2019, Trees, Semi-Annual International Juried Exhibition (Juror: Traer Scott), artist reception on September 26, 2019, Jadite Gallery, New York Center for Photographic Arts, New York, USA

February 7 – March 17, 2019, Wet, Juried Exhibit (Juror: Elizabeth Opalenik), artist reception on February 23, 2019, Darkroom Gallery, Vermont, USA

December 7 – 19, 2018, Winter, International Juried Exhibit, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece

November 29 – December 17, 2018, Portrait/Selfportrait, Ion Neagoe Art Galleries, Visual Arts Exhibit, Casa Corpului Didactic Spiru Haret, Iasi, Romania

October 20 – November 9, 2018, From Gesture to Image, International Exhibit – painting, graphics, and photography, Roman Museum of Art and The Regional Center of Aesthetic Education in Piatra Neamt, Romania

August 28 – September 5, 2018, Chania International Photo Festival, Landscape category, Juried International Photography Exhibition at the Center of Mediterranean Architecture (CAM) – The old harbor of Chania, Crete, Greece

August 20 – 30, 2018, A.R.T.E. International Festival, Juried Art Exhibit, Victoria Art Gallery, Visual Artists’ Union of Romania in Iasi

July 25 – September 2, 2018, Metamorphosis, Juried Photography exhibition – Artists’ Reception on August 11th, Darkroom Gallery, Vermont, USA

July 15, 2018 – October 14, 2018, 2nd International Photography Exhibition (Juried), Finalist,  Fusion Art Gallery, Palm Springs, California (video)

June 22 – July 22, 2018, Trans Himera, Group Exhibit, George Bacovia University, Bacau, Romania

June, 2018, Special Merit Award, Landscapes, Juried International Art Exhibition, The Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery, USA

May 23 – Aug. 21, 2018, Structure, Juried Art Exhibit (online), Don’t Take Pictures Magazine, New York, USA

May 7 -21, 2018, Simplifica/re, Minimalist Art Exhibit, House of the Arts Gallery, Carpatica Foundation, Cluj, Romania

May 5 – 11, 2018, Spirit of the Desert, Finalist in the Slideshow Competition, Palm Springs Photo Festival, Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, California

May 1 – 20, 2018, Focus: Light & Shadows, Juried Group Exhibit, Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA

April 1 -30, 2018, Trans Himera, Group Exhibit, Atheneum Art Gallery, Iasi, Romania

March 15 – April 15, 2018, Merit Award, Black and White, Juried Art Exhibition,  Art Room Gallery, Fort Worth, Texas, USA

March 10 – April 20, 2018, Metamorphoses, Solo exhibit, Dava 77 Gallery, Piatra Neamt, Romania

March 1 -28, 2018, Trans Himera, Group Exhibit, Municipal Art Gallery, Iasi, Romania

February 5 – 25, 2018, Monochrome, Juried Group Exhibit, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece

January 10 – 20, 2018, Contrasts, Californian Landscapes, Solo Exhibit, N. Tonitza Art Gallery, Visual Artists’ Union (UAPR), Iasi, Romania

October 20 – Nov 24, 2017,  Moldavian Art Salons XXVII, Group Exhibit, Iulian Antonescu Museum & George Apostu Contemporary Art Museum – Bacau, Romania; Visual Artists’ Union & Ministry of Culture – Chisinau, Rep. of Moldova

April 10 – 28, 2017,  Minimalist Visions, Photo/Multimedia Presentation at the International Haiku Festival, Ovidius University, Constanta, Romania

October 15 – Nov 15, 2016, Romanian Landscapes, Solo exhibit, Military Circle Art Gallery, Iasi, Romania

October 5 – 31, 2016, Identitati Iesene/Iasi Identities, ed. V, Visual Arts Group Exhibit, Iasi City Art Fair, Iasi, Romania

May 23, 2016, In Centrul Universului/In the Center of the Universe, International Visual Arts Exhibit, Municipal Art Gallery, Iasi, Romania

May 11 – 21, 2016, Contemporary Ideas in Art, A.R.T.E.: International Art Festival, VI-th edition, Group Exhibit, Iasi, Romania

May 1 – 30, 2016, Romanian Adventures: Nature & People, Solo exhibit, Municipal Art Gallery, Iasi, Romania

November, 2008, Learning Curve II, Group Exhibit, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX, USA


2019 – Honorable Mention in Photography/series, LICC – London International Creative Competition/Professional category, Pacifica, London, UK

2019 – Nomination in Landscapes category/Silhouettes, 12TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS, Los Angeles, California, USA

2018 – Honorable Mention, BLACK & WHITE LANDSCAPES SERIES OF THE YEAR for the Spirit of the Desert, Monovisions Photography Magazine Awards, USA

2018 – The Photography Award, Portrait/Selfportrait, Ion Neagoe Art Galleries, Casa Corpului Didactic Spiru Haret, Iasi, Romania

2018 – Jury selection for the month of October competition themed Minimalism, The Motif Collective, UK

2018 – Finalist in the Slideshow Competition (photo/video), Palm Springs Photo Festival, Palm Springs, California, USA

2017 – Highly Commended Award in Places that Inspire Photo Competition, The Society of International Travel & Tourism Photographers, U.K. (video)

2017 – The Photography Award in the National Visual Arts Competiton sponsored by Constantin Teodorescu Foundation, Barlad, Romania

2016 – “Adolph Chevallier” award for photography in “Aurel Baesu” International Visual Arts Competition, Piatra Neamt, Romania;

2016 – Nomination for the Digital Art Award, The International Salon for Professors of Visual Arts, ed. XV, Iasi. Romania

2016 – The Photography Award in the European Art and Traditions Competition, (VI-th edition), Iasi, Romania

2016 – The Photography Award, Identitati Iesene/ Identities, V-th edition, Iasi City Art Fair, Iasi, Romania

2016 – The Photography Award, In Centrul Universului/In the Center of the Universe, International Visual Arts Exhibit, Municipal Art Gallery, Iasi, Romania

2010 – Finalist, 30th Annual Spring Photography Contest sponsored by Sigma (juried competition), Photographer’s Forum Magazine, Santa Barbara, CA, USA


2019 – Dodho Magazine, Pacifica (photo story) in Habitat, Barcelona, Spain

2018 – Dodho Magazine (online), Portfolio Photo Competition – Black & White Landscape category, Barcelona, Spain

2018 – Don’t Take Pictures Magazine/Structure – Juried Exhibit, New York, USA

2017 – Cultural Diversity in Art and Education, International Scientific Conference, Romanian Academy, Iasi, Romania

2017 – Albatros Magazine, vol. nr. 28, Photo essay, International Haiku Festival, Constanta, Romania

2016 – Landscape Photography Magazine, Scotland, U.K.

2014 – Nomen Artis – Photo essay, Bucharest, Romania

2014 – Moldova Literara – Photo essay, Iasi, Romania

2013 – American Writers and Artists Institute – photography course, USA

2010 & 2012 – Photographers’ Forum, Santa Barbara, California, USA


2016, 2018 – Interviews

Radio Iasi, Romania | Prima TV, Romania | Tele Moldova TV, Iasi, Romania

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