Susan W. Pasternak, DMH

(New York)

Susan Pasternak had never been to Mexico until 1967 where she was a summer exchange student at the University of Guadalajara. Right away Mexico – its people, its language and culture, its contrasting landscapes, its food, its art, and its magic – completely captivated her.   Susan’s first trip to Oaxaca was in 1970.Since then she has been drawn back with increasing frequency, exploring surrounding art towns, studying with a local artist, and undertaking intensive Spanish studies.  Over four decades she has traveled throughout Mexico, but her deepening love of Mexican folk art draws her back to Oaxaca with regularity. Joining the FOFA board has allowed her to deepen her commitment to the art and artists of Oaxaca. Susan is a practicing psychotherapist and psychoanalyst in New York City.

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