BIOGRAPHY

Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, Sandra Garcia- Pardo has been involved in art since early years while she joined different artistic experiences in her country such as the School of Fine Arts, private art classes and Publishing Design at the university. After being granted a governmental scholarship, she moved to Argentina to finally materialize her dream getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts at “Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes Prilidiano Pueyrredón”, the most prestigious art school of Argentina located in the city of Buenos Aires. She creates art pieces with a highly critical mind always including the human being in different stages of life, and as an inevitable part of the society we live in. Her art is characterized for the simplicity and the duality of strong messages and the lightness of her sculptures made out of iron, generating a prolific production far from a repetitive theme. Garcia- Pardo moved to USA to continue enriching her artistic talent and have exhibited in different galleries all over the country and abroad.

ARTIST STATEMENT
When I create I think about art’s most precious qualities: been used as self-expression; and beauty, which is forever its essence. Content is always an intent to simplify the figuration and magnify thoughts and feelings which is always a challenge to describe using steel.
I put together my creativity and the amazing welding process: I sketch but I also play with metal pieces on my work table; compositions come in both ways. I enjoy the benefits of industrial welding using raw steel, applying different patinas or paints to achieve austere works of art, but aesthetically pleasing to the sight, keeping simplicity on my pieces, no ornaments, just honest.
When I investigate the role of art in provoking social awareness I use parody and abstraction for cultural references. I want my sculptures become a mirror where people can see projections of their own reality, generating an unforgettable moment for the observer right in front of my piece.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2015- “Art in Komuns” Art Basel- Miami, FL
2015- “BIG”- Art Serve- Fort Lauderdale, FL
2015- Home Design Show- Convention Center- Miami Beach, FL
2015- “The Writing on the Wall”- Pyramid Studios- Miami, FL
2014- “Nest Gen Project”- Florida International Univeristy- Miami, FL
2013- “Abstract” – Coral Reef Club’s Art League- Key Largo, Florida
2012- Sculpt Miami Art Fair Art Basel- Miami, FL
2012-  Sculpt Miami Art Fair- Miami, FL
2012- “Paradox” – The ArtLink Gallery. Miami, FL
2012-  “4”- Florida Gulf Coast University- Fort Myers, FL
2012-  “Latinamente”- The Office Contemporary Art- Rome, Italy
2012-  “Travel from Downtown”- The ArtLink Gallery. Miami, FL
2012-  “Made in America”- MANO Fine Art. Miami, FL
2012-  Young at Art Musseum Opening- Fort Lauderdale, FL
2012-  “Talented Colombian Women” – Colombian Consulate- Coral Gables, FL
2012-  Miami Dance Festival Kick Off – Miami Beach Botanical Garden-  Miami Beach, FL
2012-  “America in situ”- The ArtLink Gallery- Miami, FL
2011-  Red Dot Art Fair- Sculpt Miami Art Basel-  Miami, FL
2011-  “Escape”- The ArtLink Gallery- Art Basel week satellite exhibition- Miami Beach, FL
2011-  Giants in The City- Art Basel week satellite exhibition, Miami FL
2011-  Giants in The City- Miami Beach Sleepless Night- Miami Beach, FL
2011-  Arte Américas Art Fair- Irreversible Art space project- Miami Beach, FL
2010-  “Juxtapositions”- The ArtLink Gallery- Art Basel week satellite exhibition. Miami, FL
2010-  “4 women, 4 styles”- Colombian Consulate- Coral Gables, Fl.
2010-  Solo show- “The Bags of the Vanities”. ArtSouth 10th Anniversary. Homestead, Fl
2009-  “Interviews Under the Influence”. The Gallery Space. – Homestead, FL
2009-  “9 Number of Change”. Miami Art Space. Miami, FL
2008-  Solo show “Rust in its Raw”- CCRC Gallery. Homestead, FL
2007-  “Hispanic Heritage Month”. Miami Dade College. Miami, FL
2007-  “Diversity”. Miami Dade College. Miami, FL
2006-  Art Exhibit at Biscayne National Park. Homestead, FL
2006-  “2nd. Annual Art Competition”. City Hall Pembroke Pines. Pbrk. Pines, FL
2006-  “The Harvest Moon Exhibition”. Deering Estate Park. Miami, FL
2006-  “Guerrilla Art Show”. Altered Esthetics Gallery. Minneapolis, MN
2005-  “Spring Art Exhibition”. City Hall Homestead. Homestead, FL
2003-  Sculpture Artists Argentinean Association. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

ART FAIRS AND EVENTS
2012-  Young at Art Museum Opening- Fort Lauderdale, FL
2012-  Miami Dance Festival Kick Off – Miami Beach, FL
2011-  Red Dot Art Fair- Sculpt Miami- Miami, FL
2011-  Arte Américas Art Fair- Irreversible Art Space Project- Miami Beach, FL
2011-  Giants in The City- Miami Beach Sleepless Night- Miami Beach, FL
2011-  Giants in The City- Art Basel week satellite exhibition, Miami FL

GRANTS
2011-  Miami-Dade Community and Tourist Development Council Grants Program
1999-  International Art Scholarship from Colombian overnment agency ICETEX  (Colombian   Institute of Technical Studies Abroad)