Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, born in 1967 in Viña del Mar, Chile, grew up under the authoritarian regime of Augusto Pinochet. Drawing on history, folklore, mythology, sexuality and her own experiences under the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile, Vásquez de la Horra explores themes of femininity, social hierarchy, oppression, politics and religion. Working mainly with the technique of drawing – either on blank sheets or on reused paper – she invents a fantastic universe populated by a multitude of creatures and symbols. She then dips her mysterious, erotic but also merciless drawings in melted beeswax, giving them a timeless patina and an almost corporeal materiality. The unframed drawings are often nailed next to each other on the wall in a cloud-like form or transformed into leporellos and model-house-like paper sculptures, which in turn evoke diverse associations and endless stories.





Sandra Vásquez de la Horra

Studied visual communications at the University for Design, Viña Del Mar, Chile 1995 – 1996

Studied at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with Prof. Jannis Kounellis 1996

Receives Art Prize Design Biennale, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago 1999 – 2002

Studied at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with Prof. Rosemarie Trockel 2001 – 2003

Postgraduate studies at the Kunsthochschule für Medien, Cologne 2009

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

Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Selected Solo Exhibitions from 2012


« Sandra Vaìsquez de la Horra », Galerie Haas Zürich, Switzerland


“Sandra Vasquez de la Horra: Crossroads”, David Nolan, New York, USA

“Sandra Vaìsquez de la Horra: El Canto del Desierto”, Prometeogallery di Ida Pisani, Milan, Italy


“Sandra Vaìsquez de la Horra”, Fort Worth Contemporary Arts Gallery, TCU, Fort Worth, Texas, USA


“Una isla en cielo”, Kewenig Berlin, Germany

“Todas Íbamos A Ser Reinas”, Joao Esteves de Oliveira, Lisbon, Portugal

“Iñaki Bonillas & Sandra Vásquez de la Horra”, Niels Borch Jensen, Berlin (two person exhibition with Iñaki Bonillas); Germany


“Sandra Vasquez de la Horra. Entre el cielo y la tierra”, David Nolan Gallery, New York, USA

“Origines”, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

“Hibridos”, Galeria Senda, Barcelona, Spain


“El Árbol del Fuego”, Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg, Germany

“Êtres Chairs – Oda Jaune and SandraVásquez de la Horra”, Maison de la Culture de la Province de Namur, France

David Nolan Gallery, New York, USA

“Sandra Vasquez de la Horra”, Niels Borch Jensen, Berlin, Germany

Selected Group Exhibitions from 2012/ausgewählte Gruppenausstellungen ab 2012


“SEHT, da ist DER MENSCH”, Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, Germany

Centre Pompidou Paris, 10 Jahre Guerlin Prix, Paris, France

“Verleihung der Narrenkappe. Being and Expressing: Reflecting on Degenaration in Contemporary Art. Lyricism and Brutality for an Uncelebrated Anniversary. Museo Civico, Villa dei Cedri, MACT/CACT Contemporary Art in Canton Ticino, Bellinzona, Switzerland

The Parkview Museum Singapore, Singapore


« 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

“El tormento y el éxtasis Arte de origen latinoamericano en las colecciones de Mallorca, una revisión desde la contempora » – Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani, Palma de Mallorca, Spain


“George Grosz: Politics and His Influence”, David Nolan Gallery, New York

Texas Christian University Galleries, Texas, USA

“Embracing Modernism: Ten Years of Drawings Acquisitions”, The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, USA

“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


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

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

“Magic Block – Contemporary Art from Chile”, stiftelsen 3,14, Bergen, Norway

“The Drawing room”, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria


“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


“Sao Paulo Biennal”, Sao Paulo, Brazil

“Montevideo Biennal”, Montevideo, Uruguay

“Speaking Artist”, Busan Museum for Art, 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

“Eros & Thanatos”, Halle 12, Leipzig, Germany

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

Selected Collections/Ausgewählte Sammlungen

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

The Art Institute of Chicago, USA

Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht

Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Tour Atlantique, Paris

Centre Pompidou, Paris

Collection Antoine de Galbert, Paris

Denver Art Museum, USA

The Florence & Daniel Guerlain Collection, Les Mesnuls

Hauser & Wirth Collection, Henau

Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt

ING Art Collection, Brussels

Kai 10 | Arthena Foundation, Dusseldorf

The Morgan Library and Museum, New York

Musée dʼArt Moderne, Saint – Étienne

Musée National dʼArt Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris

Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf

Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania

National Gallery of Victoria, Australia

Olbricht Collection, Essen / Berlin

Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich

Museum of Art – Rhode Island School of Design, Providence

RISD Museum, Providence, Rhode Island

Teutloff Photo + Video Collection, Bielefeld

UBS Art Collection, Zurich