Sandra was born in Havana, Cuba in 1979 and studied film direction at the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), in Havana from 2011 through 2016 when she started creating paper collages, but not just any collages.
Her precise, multi-layered, dimensional paper collages, often cut from fashion magazines, spring to life as the thriving inhabitants of Planeta Sandra. She manages to blend the whimsical and the sensual, the threatening and the sublime as she recounts the mythological folklore of a primordial world not that far from our own.
With an explorer’s eye and a botanist’s discipline, Sandra meticulously catalogs each Sandremios by genus and species as specimens deserving of further study.
"Using magazine clippings and layers of paper, I create collages with spatial depth that embody the whimsical ecosystem of Planet Sandra. When I set out to create new forms, I seek to understand the life drive of each. Delicate details, sinuous shapes, intricate hiding places and delusional characters make up the scene of that planet that orbits in my mind. When I work with recycled materials from our culture, which in themselves are a filter of reality, I like to think that my creations become living palimpsests, born from the exercise of devouring images."
As curator and philosopher, Luis Ramaggio, observes, “As any respected expeditionist, she quietly observes and classifies. As a visionary. As a hungry expert. As a mentalist. Lurking around her own self, and wandering through her habits and personality, Sandra discovers that she herself is a world.”
Her work has been exhibited in the United States, including group exhibitions in Florida, Connecticut and New Jersey and a solo show in New York City.
The artist currently lives and works in Union City, New Jersey.