Sandra Vásquez de la Horra

Sandra Vásquez de la Horra

Sandra Vasquez de la Horra was born in Chile in 1967 and currently lives in Berlin (Germany).

Vasquez de la Horra’s wax-dipped pencil drawings are at once personal and universal. Her work explores such vast themes as Chile’s history (her native country), religion, sex, myths, social realities, folk culture and death; some of which are recurring throughout her practice. The viewer is drawn into her universe of fantastic creatures haunted by carnal and psychological concerns. Clearly influenced by literature, and more specifically Chilean poet Nicanor Parra’s antipoetry, Vasquez de la Horra’s pencil drawings convey the same humor, irony and irreverence typical of Parra’s radical anti-lyricism. The artist’s imagery reflects the serious, the comic and the ordinary of the common man’s everyday existence depicted in a visual language that is high-spirited, coated with black humor and rooted in popular culture. As in Parra’s use of banal language and humorous turns of phrase to depict often tragic or pathetic situations, Vasquez de la Horra’s work embodies the same irony and humanism. In some of her works, the titles are written in large letters within the drawing itself, becoming an integral part of the imagery, in Spanish, English or German. The way in which the artist combines text and image comes close to the aesthetics of visual poetry. 



Prix de dessin de la fondation d'art contemporain, Daniel & Florence Guerlain



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

Solo exhibitions


Origines, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris

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

Hibridos, Galeria Sneda, Barcelona, Spain



Être Chairs (with Oda Jaune), Maison de la Culture de la Province de Namur, Belgium (cat.)

El Arbor del Fuego, Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg, Germany



Ondinas/Ondines, Galería Kewenig, Palma de Mallorca

New Works, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Villa Kast, Salzburg

Une montagne nommée Désir, Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint Etienne (cat.)

L’Arcobaleno, Galerie Rupert Pfab, Düsseldorf



O Sole Mio, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris

Vuela Mi Alma, Bonefanten Museum, Maastricht, Holland

Te pelo es mi bandera, Nolan Judin, Berlin



Confesiones de una Musa, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles



Viva la Musa!, David Nolan Gallery, New York

Sandra Vásquez de la Horra (with Adrian Schoormans), Galerie Rupert Pfab, Düsseldorf

Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Mitológica, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf (cat.)



Impossible Mind, Sprovieri Gallery, London (cat.)

Impossible Mind, Kewenig Galerie, Cologne



Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Galerie Rupert Pfab, Düsseldorf

Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Galerie Jule Kewenig, Palma de Mallorca



Alquimia Fantástica, Galerie Jule Kewenig, Palma de Mallorca



Botánica de la Evolución, Goethe Institut, Santiago, Chile

Anatomy Studies, Galerie Entropie, Wroclaw, Poland

Group exhibitions


The Drawingroom, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria

Contemporary Art from Chile, Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Bergen



Hysterical Fantasy, Magazzino, Rome, Italy 

Zeitgespenster, Erscheinungen des Übernatürlichen in der zeitgenössischen Kunst, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen

Speaking Artist, Busan Museum of Art, Korea

Hysterical Fantasy, Magazzino, Rome

Expanded Drawing ‘012, Casal Solleric, Palma

São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, Brazil

Zeitgespenster, Museum Morsbroich

In Other Words: Black Market of Translation - Negotiating Contemporary Cultures, NGBK & Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin

Passion : Contemporary Art from the Hanck Collection, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf

Auf Papier, Kewenig Galerie, Cologne



Tous cannibales, La Maison Rouge, Paris

All Cannibals?, Me Collectors Room, Berlin

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

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

Paperworks, U37/Anna Jill Lüpertz, Berlin

Three Artists from Europe, Gallery 6049J, Busan, South Korea



X° Bienal de Arte de Bogota, Confluencias, Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogota

Unsichtbare Schatten-Bilder der Verunsicherung, Marta Herford Museum, Herford

Wall to wall, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles

Je mehr ich zeichne : Zeichnung als Weltenwurf, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Siegen

Das Nahe und das Ferne, Kai 10, Raum für Kunst, Düsseldorf



The End of the Line: Attitudes in Drawing, Southbank Centre, The Hayward Touring, Great Britain

Blue Coat, Liverpool

Elles@centrepompidou, centre Georges Pompidou, Paris



Anatomie | les peaux du dessin, collection Florence et Daniel Guerlain. FRAC - Picardie,

Amiens, France

Mediations Biennale Poznan (curated by Lorand Hegyi, Yu Yeon Kim, Gu Zhenqing),


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

Beijing Biennale 2008, Peking

Micro-narratives, tentation des petites réalités, Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne

The Florence & Daniel Guerlain Collection – Select Drawings, Cultural Services of the

Embassy of France, New York

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

Another Damned Drawing Show, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles



und immer fehlt mir was, und das quält mich, Graz Kunst, Graz

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

Drawings from the UBS Art Collection, Tate Modern, London

Kava Kava - Facetten der Angst, Kunstmuseum Mülheim an der Ruhr in der Alten Post, Mühlheim an der Ruhr (Catalog)



Drawings, Kunsthaus Lempertz, Berlin

OPEN SPACE, Art Cologne 06, Galerie Rupert Pfab, Düsseldorf

Art Cologne 06, Förderkoje “young talents”, Galerie Jule Kewenig, Palma de Mallorca



Akt; 8 Positionen in der Aktmalerei, Kunstverein Speyer, Germany



In erster Linie... . Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel

Das Böse, Guardini Stiftung, Berlin



Materia, Reflección y sueños, Collection Santa Cruz-Yaconi, Museo de Artes Visuales (MAVI),

Santiago de Chile



Salzburg, Kunstraum Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf



Wuckenhof, (class of Prof. Rosemarie Trockel), Kunstverein Schwerte, Schwerte, Germany



Proyecto orgánico, Galería Municipal de Valparaíso, Chile

ARTtoll-Labor, Bedburg-Hau, Kleve, Germany



Äquator, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago, Chile

Cascabel, Galerie Tomás Andreu, Santiago, Chile



Diversidades, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago, Chile