Original Painting by Annie Smits Sandano
Acrylic & gold leaf on custom hoop
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Annie Sandano has since lived in New Zealand, Italy and
the USA and has completed a large portion of the study towards her BFA degree
abroad. Having completed her Fine Arts education at Elam School of Fine Arts with
Honours and the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design in the USA, Sandano has
had successful exhibitions in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. She merges cultural
factors from Brazil and New Zealand; assembling, collating and hybridizing to
reconfigure our traditional visual vocabulary. Sandano’s prints create a narrative of
contemporary folklore with references to modern illustration, traditional Japanese
woodcut prints and the respective histories of decorative and fine arts in Brazil and New Zealand.
As well as printmaking, Annie works across a variety of fine art mediums, adamant
about upholding traditional fine art practices within a contemporary context. Following her very popular and highly coveted collection of hand carved and hand printed limited edition wood cut prints, 2014 has seen Sandano develop her practice into the area of painting with the exhibition of a series of abstract acrylic paintings which have also been very well received and are now finding a place in major collections. Sandano’s works have been acquired by The Wallace Arts Trust, The Hilton Group and the Deloitte Art Collection to date.
Other recent achievements include having two pieces were selected as finalists for the Waikato Society of Arts Waikato Youth Art Awards, and having a piece featured in
Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambride’s private collection. Sandano also
featured in Denis Robinson’s publication, New Zealand Gallery. Highly collectable and
with a strong following, Sandano is fast becoming recognised as a significant
contributor to contemporary printmaking and Fine Art practice in New Zealand.