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. 

Awards

2009


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


 


1996


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


Solo exhibitions

2013


Origines, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris


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


Hibridos, Galeria Sneda, Barcelona, Spain


 


2012


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


El Arbor del Fuego, Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg, Germany


 


2011


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


 


2010


O Sole Mio, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris


Vuela Mi Alma, Bonefanten Museum, Maastricht, Holland


Te pelo es mi bandera, Nolan Judin, Berlin


 


2009


Confesiones de una Musa, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles


 


2008


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.)


 


2007


Impossible Mind, Sprovieri Gallery, London (cat.)


Impossible Mind, Kewenig Galerie, Cologne


 


2006


Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Galerie Rupert Pfab, Düsseldorf


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


 


2005


Alquimia Fantástica, Galerie Jule Kewenig, Palma de Mallorca


 


1999


Botánica de la Evolución, Goethe Institut, Santiago, Chile


Anatomy Studies, Galerie Entropie, Wroclaw, Poland


Group exhibitions

2014


The Drawingroom, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria


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


 


2012


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


 


2011


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


 


2010


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


 


2009


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


Blue Coat, Liverpool


Elles@centrepompidou, centre Georges Pompidou, Paris


 


2008


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),


Poland


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


 


2007


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)


 


2006


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


 


2005


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


 


2004


In erster Linie... . Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel


Das Böse, Guardini Stiftung, Berlin


 


2003


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


Santiago de Chile


 


2001


Salzburg, Kunstraum Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf


 


2000 



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




 


1999 



Proyecto orgánico, Galería Municipal de Valparaíso, Chile


ARTtoll-Labor, Bedburg-Hau, Kleve, Germany




 


1998


Äquator, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago, Chile



Cascabel, Galerie Tomás Andreu, Santiago, Chile




 


1995 



Diversidades, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago, Chile