Biography

Subtle and sensitive – these are attributes describing the works of Sandra Vásquez de la Horra. On the other hand, they can also be described as merciless, grotesque, and disturbing. They are pictures full of opposite emotions. Her works cannot be described as light art.

The fact that Sandra Vásquez de la Horra was born in 1967 in Chile, in the times of Pinochet’s reign of terror and torture, has had an impact on her art. The cultural legacy of the artist includes stories of the indigenous peoples of Latin America, the history of Spanish colonialism in Central and South America, and the history of her family. Sandra Vásquez de la Horra seeks and finds freedom from this dense society through art and within art.

Between 1989 and 1994, she studied visual communication in Chile and graduated with distinction. From 1995 to 1996, she travelled to Germany and studied at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf under Jannis Kounellis. In 1996, she received an award at the biennale in the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts in Santiago. In 1999, she moved to Germany and finished her studies at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf under Rosemarie Trockel. Later, during post-graduate studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, she educated herself in photography, film, and new media.

She is thirsty for everything that is new, without forsaking her own background. She seeks her own motifs and her own medium, finding them in a kind of bodily drawing. She uses pencil, and sometimes coloured pencils, on thick paper or drawing cardboard. As a final step, she immerses her work in wax and determines this special materiality as an important part of the picture’s message. That preserving softness contrasts with the dominant themes of the artist: death, family, relationships, and sexuality.

Works

Exhibitions

Documents

Publications

1989-94 Studied visual communications at the University for Design, Viña Del Mar, Chile

1995-96 Studied at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in Germany, with Prof. Jannis Kounellis

1996 Receives Art Prize Design Biennale. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile

1999-2002 Studied at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in Germany, with Prof. Rosemarie Trockel

2001-03 Postgraduate studies at the Kunsthochschule für Medien, Cologne, Germany

2009 Awarded the Drawing Prize of the Contemporary Art Foundation, Daniel and Florence Guerlain, Paris, France

2021 Hans Theo Richter Prize by the Saxon Academy of Arts, Dresden, Germany

2023 Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2023, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany

Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Selected solo exhibitions

2024

The Awake Volcanoes, Denver Art Museum, Denver, United States

Das Rauschen des Kosmos (The Murmur of the Cosmos), Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany

2023

Das archetypische Ich, Gutshaus Steglitz, Berlin, Germany

2022

Aura, Galeria Senda, Barcelona, Spain

El ojo interior, Kewenig, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Cambio de Piel, Galeria da Casa A. Molder, Lisbon, Portugal

Constellations, Sprovieri Gallery London, London, England

Sueños lúcidos, Bendana | Pinel Art Contemporani, Paris, France

Twin Souls, Galerie Haas Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland

2021

Sandra Vásquez de la Horra: Geheimnis umhüllte Welt, Sächsische Akademie der Künste, Dresden, Germany

Room #5, Kewenig, Berlin, Germany

2020

Recent works, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin, Germany

Zonamaco, Mexico City, Mexico

Magazzino d’Arte Moderna Gallery, Roma, Italy. Curated by Lóránd Hegyi

2019

Sandra Vásquez de la Horra: Aguas Profundas, Museo Novecento, Florence, Italy

Take back my Shadow, Wooson Gallery, South Korea

2018

Los Misterios, VNH Gallery, Paris, France

América sin Fronteras, David Nolan Gallery, New York, United States

Meridianos, Galería Senda, Barcelona, Spain

2017

Sandra Vásquez de la Horra: The artist voice, The Parkview Museum, Singapore

Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Galerie Haas Zürich, Switzerland

2016

Sandra Vasquez de la Horra: Crossroads, David Nolan, New York, United States

Sandra Vásquez de la Horra: El Canto del Desierto, Prometeo Gallery Ida Pisani, Milan, Italy

2015

Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Fort Worth Contemporary Arts Gallery, TCU, Fort Worth, Texas, United States

Planetarium, Kewenig, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

2014

Una isla en el cielo, Kewenig Berlin, Germany

Todas Íbamos A Ser Reinas, João Esteves de Oliveira, Lisbon, Portugal

Iñaki Bonillas & Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Niels Borch Jensen, Berlin, Germany

2013

Entre el cielo y la tierra, David Nolan Gallery, New York, United States

Origines, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

Hibridos, Galeria Sneda, Barcelona, Spain

2012

El Árbol del Fuego, Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg, Germany

Êtres Chairs – Oda Jaune and Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Maison de la Culture de la

Province de Namur, France

Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Niels Borch Jensen, Berlin, Germany

2011

Ondinas /Ondines, Kewenig, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Une montagne nommée désir / “A mountain called desire”, Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint Etienne, Saint-Priest-en-Jarez, France

L’Arcobaleno”, Galerie Rupert Pfab, Dusseldorf, Germany

Zeichnungskabinett, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria

2010

Vuela Mi Alma, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, Netherlands

Tu Pelo es mi Bandera, Nolan Judin Berlin, Germany

O, sole mio!, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

2009

Viva la musa!, David Nolan Gallery, New York, United States

Confesiones de una Musa, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, United States

2008

Galerie Rupert Pfab, Dusseldorf, Germany

David Nolan Gallery, New York, United States

Mitológica, Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf, Germany

Impossible Mind, Elena Quarestani-Assab One, Milan, Italy

2007

Impossible Mind, Sprovieri Gallery, London, England

Impossible Mind, Kewenig, Cologne, Germany

2006

Kewenig, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Galerie Rupert Pfab, Dusseldorf, Germany

2005

Alquimia Fantástica, Kewenig, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

1999

Botánica de la Evolución, Goethe Institut, Santiago de Chile, Chile

Anatomy Studies, Galeria Entropia, Breslau, Poland

Selected group exhibitions

2024

Tu pelo es mi bandera, Marlborough Madrid, Spain

Territórios: Arte contemporáneo latinoamericano en la Colección Jorge M. Pérez, CAAC Sevilla, Spain

2023

Dangerous Love – Love through the eyes of women, Museum Montanelli, Prague, Czech Republic

On Water & Plants – Artistic positions on sustainability, Troy House, London, United Kingdom

Les Enchantées, Haunt Berlin, Germany

2022

Participation at La Biennale di Venezia, The Milk of Dreams, 59th International Art Exhibition, Arsenale, Venice, Italy

Gulliver’s Sketchbook, KAI 10 | Arthena Foundation, Dusseldorf, Germany

2021

The Drawing Hub, Berlin, Germany

Charta #2 – Identity and Narration, Haunt, Berlin, Germany

2020

Le Mauvais Œil, FRAC Auvergne, France

2019

Sur un terrain étrange, Kewenig, Berlin, Germany

2017

SEHT, da ist DER MENSCH, Kunstmuseums Magdeburg, Germany

Les Dix ans au Prix de dessin de la Fondation d’art contemporain Daniel & Florence Guerlain, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

To The Point, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, United States

2016

George Grosz: Politics and his Influence, David Nolan Gallery, New York, United States

El tormento y el éxtasis Arte de origen latinoamericano en las colecciones de Mallorca, una revisión desde la contempora, Es Baluard Museu, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Mir ist das Leben lieber / I Prefer Life – Sammlung Reydan Weiss, Weserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen, Germany

Intrigantes incertitudes, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Saint-Étienne Métropole, Saint-Etienne, France

2015

Texas Christian University Galleries, Texas, United States

Embracing Modernism: Ten Years of Drawings Acquisitions, The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, United States

Drawing: The Bottom Line, S.M.A.K, Ghent, Belgium

Das gezeichnete Ich – Zwischen Auslöschung und Maskierung, Neue Galerie Graz, Austria

Pandora’s Vox, Prague City Gallery, Praha, Czech Republic

Sommer Nacht Traum. Frauen – Landschaften, Altana Kultur Stiftung, Sinclair Haus, Bad Homburg v. d. Höhe, Germany

Sinnliche (Un)Gewissheit. Private Collection, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland

Drawing now, Albertina, Vienna, Austria

2014

Block Mágico, Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de Chile, Chile

Year After Year – Drawings from the UBS Art Collection, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan, Italy

Teutloff Collections meets Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Kunsthaus Lempertz, Cologne, Germany

Magic Block – Contemporary Art from Chile, Kunsthall 3.14, Bergen, Norway

The Drawing room, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria

2013

Florence and Daniel Guerlain Donation, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

The Drawing Room, Ursula Bickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, Germany; Galerie im Taxispalais, Galerie des Landes Tirol, Innsbruck, Austria

Lilith, Katz Contemporary, Zurich, Switzerland

2012

São Paulo Biennal, São Paulo, Brazil

Montevideo Biennal, Montevideo, Uruguay

In other words: Black Market of Translation – Negotiating Contemporary Cultures, NGBK & Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany

Speaking Artist, Busan Museum for Art, South Korea

Zeitgespenster. Erscheinungen des Übernatürlichen in der zeitgenössischen Kunst, Museum Morsbroich, Germany

Hysterical Fantasy, Magazzini, Rome, Italy

Expanded Drawing ‘012, Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Newtopia: The state of human rights, Cultuurcentrum Mechelen, Belgium

Aus Passion – Die Sammlung Hanck, Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf, Germany

Summer, David Nolan Gallery, New York, United States

2011

Tous cannibales, Maison Rouge Fondation Antoine de Galbert, Paris, France

All Cannibals?, Me Collectors Room, Berlin, Germany

Selina Baumann, Frédérique Loutz, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Katz Contemporary, Zurich, Switzerland

Nouvelle Présentation de Collections Contemporaines des années 1960 à nos Jours, Musée National d’Art Modèrne, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Paris Paperworks, U37 / Anna Jill Lüpertz, Berlin, Germany

Three Artists from Europe, Gallery 604J, Busan, South Korea

Selina Baumann, Frédérique Loutz, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Katz Contemporary, Zurich, Switzerland

2010

Das Nahe und das Ferne, KAI 10 Raum für Kunst, Dusseldorf, Germany

Unsichtbare Schatten – Bilder der Verunsicherung”, Marta Herford, Herford, Germany

Collection Florence & Daniel Guerlain. Dessins contemporains, Musée des Beaux Arts et d’Archéologie de Besançon, France

Je mehr ich zeichne – The More I Draw. Zeichnung als Weltentwurf – Drawing as a Concept of the World, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Germany

2009

Let’s Party for a Piece of Art, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany

X. Bienal de Arte de Bogotá, Confluencias Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, Colombia

Essential Experiences, Riso Museo d’Arte Contemporanea della Sicilia, Palermo, Italy

Private View II, Galerie Andreas Grimm, Munich, Germany

“elles@pompidou”, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

The End of the Line. Attitudes in Drawing, Hayward Touring exhibition, Hayward Gallery, London: Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art; The Bluecoat, Liverpool; Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery; The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

Salon du dessin. Collection Florence & Daniel Guerlain, Palais de la Bourse, Paris, France

Œvres Essentielle, Galerie Gabrielle Maubrie, Paris, France

Passaggi in Sicilia. La collezione di Riso e oltre, Palazzo Riso, Museo d’arte Contemporanea della Sicilia, Palermo, Italy

Capribatterie e.V. la ottava”, Vigna San Martino, Naples, Italy

2008

Que Culpa Tiene el Durazno”, Centro de Extensión del Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes, Valparaíso, Chile

Meditations, Poznan Biennale 3, Centrum Cultury “Zamek”, Poznan, Poland

Anatomie – les peaux du dessin. Collection Florence & Daniel Guerlain, Fonds régional d’art contemporain de Picardie, Amiens, France

Memories for Tomorrow: Works from The UBS Art Collection, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Micro-narratives, tentation des petites réalités, Musée d’art modern de Saint Etienne, France

The Florence & Daniel Guerlain Collection – Select Drawings, Cultural Services of the Embassy of France, New York, United States

spot on, Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf, Germany

Another Damned Drawing Show, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, United States

2007

“und immer fehlt mir was, und das quält mich”, Graz Kunst, Graz, Austria

Micro-Narratives, 48th October Salon of Belgrade, Cultural Centre Belgrade, Belgrad, Serbia

Drawings from the UBS Art Collection, Tate Modern, London, England

Kava Kava – Facetten der Angst, Kunstmuseum Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany

2006

Drawings, Kunsthaus Lempertz, Berlin, Germany

2005

AKT – 8 Positionen in der Aktmalerei, Kunstverein Speyer, Speyer, Germany

2004

Das Böse, Guardini Stiftung, Berlin, Germany

In erster Linie, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany

2003

Materia, reflección y sueños”, Collection Santa Cruz-Yaconi, MAVI Museo de Artes

Visuales, Santiago de Chile, Chile

2001

Salzburg, Kunstraum Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany

2000

Wuckenhof, Kunstverein Schwerte, Schwerte, Germany

1999

Proyecto orgánico, Town hall of Valparaíso, Chile “ArtToll”, Beburg-Hau, Germany

1998

Äquator, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago de Chile, Chile

Cascabel, Galería Tomás Andreu, Santiago de Chile, Chile

1995

Diversidades, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago de Chile, Chile

Selected collections

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, United States

Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, Netherlands

Centre Pompidou – Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, France

CNAP – Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris, France

Collection Antoine de Galbert, Paris, France

Denver Art Museum, Denver, United States

Drawing Center, New York, United States

Fondation d’Art Contemporain Daniel & Florence Guerlain, Paris, France

FRAC Alsace, France

FRAC – Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Auvergne, Clermont Ferrand, France

Fundación Engel, Santiago, Chile Hauser & Wirth Collection, Henau, Switzerland

Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany

ING Art Collection, Brussels, Belgium

Kai 10 – Arthena Foundation, Dusseldorf, Germany

Kupferstichkabinett – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany

MAVI – Museo de Artes Visuales, Santiago, Chile

MOMA – Museum of Modern Art, New York, United States

MONA – Museum of Old and New Art, Hobbart, Australia

Morgan Library and Museum, New York, United States

MUMO – Museum Montanelli, Prague, Czech Republic

Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain Saint-Étienne Métropole, Saint-Étienne, France

Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Santiago, Chile

Museum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf, Germany

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, United States

Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany

RISD – Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence, United States

Sammlung Olbricht, Essen, Germany

Tate Modern, London, England

Teutloff Museum, Bielefeld, Germany

UBS Art Collection, Zurich, Switzerland

Publications

Sandra Vásquez de la Horra: The Awake Volcanoes, ed. by Raphael Fonseca, published by Scala Art Publishers, New York, 2024.

Sandra Vásquez de la Horra: Das archetypische Ich, ed. by Brigitte Hausmann, published by Distanz Verlag, Berlin, 2023.

Sandra Vásquez de la Horra: Águas Profundas, ed. by Sergio Risaliti, published by Bandecchi & Vivaldi, Pontedera, 2020.

Sandra Vásquez de la Horra: A mountain called desire, ed. by Silvana Editoriale, published by Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne Métropole, Saint-Etienne, 2011.

Sandra Vásquez de la Horra: Vuela mi Alma, ed. by Juerg Judin, published by Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern, 2010.

Sandra Vásquez de la Horra: Impossible Mind, ed. by Jean-Christophe Ammann, published by Verlag für moderne Kunst, Nürnberg, 2007.

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