Sandra Vásquez de la Horra
Chilean, born 1967
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
"viennaline" curated_by,
Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Salzburg-Vienna
"Meridianos" by Sandra Vásquez de la Horra,
Galeria Senda
David Nolan at Frieze New York 2012,
David Nolan Gallery

Sandra Vásquez de la Horra's art explores themes of violence, persecution, and sexual abjection. Drawing from religion, superstition, myth, and her experience of Chile's Pinochet dictatorship, the artist renders crude human and beast-like figures in pencil on paper and then immerses the sheet in molten beeswax to achieve a timeless patina. Often including words written in Spanish, English, German, or a mixture, Vásquez de la Horra's mysterious and intimate works suggest the influence of Surrealism, Dada, and Francisco de Goya's phantasmagoria (stemming from a type of “magic lantern” show, in which images of skeletons, demons, and ghosts were projected on to walls).