Zsuzsanna Ardó is human by inclination; humorous, curious and creative by nature; and an award-winning visual artist, curator and writer by profession. Her work includes aspects of figurative and abstract visual languages, and their interface. Some of her writing, drawings, paintings, prints, photography, and images of her public engagement work, installation, flash mobs can be viewed on this site.
Her creative practice includes teaching and jury work internationally, working in AtelierA, her art studio at the edge of the Arctic glacier that carved out London, and sustaining her own training at the Royal Drawing School. Her work has been jury-selected for awards and artist residencies, e.g. by Arts Council England, Arctic Expedition, Art Students League NY, European Artists, and Deutsche Börse at the Frankfurter Kunstverein. As the artistic director of Creatives without Borders, she has worked on juries and curated art projects, drawing on her global network of fellow artists, featured by both mainstream and alternative spaces such as an Antarctic research station, an Arctic art museum, NY concerts, Google HQ, a French castle, the British and European Parliament, the Royal Institution.
In 2017 she worked as artist in residence of the St Henri Foundation in the Pyrenees, and for a month in the Centre for Art, Science and Technology by the Seine near Paris. Her first Balkan project in 2011, Balkans, a digital art installation, was featured in the Multimedia Centre of the National Gallery of Macedonia in Skopje. In 2018, she was invited back to Macedonia, to create new works and exhibit in the international artist residency by Lake Ochrid.
Work in 2018 included Cantata Corpo, her solo exhibition of paintings at the oldest opera house of the world and research the Early Renaissance swerve in art. Jury selected to represent the UK at the UNESCO Art Camp 2018, she painted a large-scale triptych to be featured by UNESCO's Colours for the Planet travelling art exhibition: after the Andorran exhibition in 2018, it opens in June 2019 at the UNESCO HQ in Paris. Her articles, Drawing Britain and Who are you? have been published by openDemocracy.
PlanetWoman, her reinterpretation of the Zodiac Man aka ‘Man of Signs’ in ancient classical, medieval and modern times, explores climate change through connections between the planet’s body and our own.
Her work in England continues to take her along vulnerable coastlines, including the coast by the Irish, Celtic and the North Sea, the English and the Bristol Channel, a lighthouse embraced by the sea and an Elizabethan Hall on England's glaciated Jurassic and Cretaceous land. Well over two hundred million years to look back on, connect with, touch and feel – how many to look ahead?
Work in 2019 includes the world premier of the opera (libretto by Ardó, music by Siegel) in Chicago; a solo exhibition, artist residence and research in Florence, Italy; UNESCO group exhibition in Paris; and teaching as the artist on board on Arctic waters.
Her libretto and poems have been set to music by composers and premiered by music ensembles. The works are registered by BMI. Her articles, short stories, play and books have been published internationally; her journalism has been published by openDemocracy, The Guardian, and others.