Throughout her career, Sandra Cinto has developed a rich vocabulary of symbols and lines to create lyrical landscapes and narratives that hover between fantasy and reality. Using drawing as her point of departure, the artist renders intricate and mesmerizing environments of turbulent seascapes, violent rainstorms, and celestial skies that frequently engage with the surrounding architecture to a disorienting effect, creating the illusion of a weightless, spiraling universe. Evoking stories of human hardship and redemption, these fantastical landscapes serve as a metaphor for the human odyssey, while also pushing the limits and possibilities of drawing.
Born in 1968 in Santo Andre, Brazil, Cinto currently lives and works in São Paulo. She studied art at the Faculdades Integradas Teresa D’Ávila, Santo André, Brazil, and later received fellowships from Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2000–01) and Civitella Ranieri Foundation (2005).
Since the early 1990s, Cinto has presented her work at museums and institutions worldwide including important solo exhibitions at the CAAM Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno in Madrid, Spain (2014); Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Curtitba, Brizal (2014); Instituto Tomie Ohtake in São Paulo (2010); MACUF Museum of Contemporary Art Union Fenosa in La Coruña, Spain (2007); Wall Project at São Paulo Museum of Modern Art (2003); and Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte (2003).
Among her many public projects and commissions, her most notable include One Day, After the Rain, commissioned by The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. (2012-2013); Encounter of Waters at Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Park Pavilion (2012-2014); A Casa das Fontes (The House of Fountains), an installation conceived for Casa do Sertanista in Sao Paulo (2013); When The Night Comes Into My Room, an outdoor public commission for Obra Viva/Esculturas Públicas (Living Work/Public Sculptures) at Parque Ecológico Municipal Estoril–Virgilio Simionatto in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil (2012); and Japonism, a public commission for the SESC swimming pool in Santo André, Brazil (2011).
Her work is well represented in public collections in the United States including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY; The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.; Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. In Spain, at Centro Galego de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de Compostela, Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza/ Conde de Fenosa, La Coruña, and Fundación ARCO, Madrid. In Brazil, at the Inhotim Instituto de Arte Contemporânea e Jardim Botânico, Brumadinho; Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo, Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo; Museu de Arte Moderna Aloísio Magalhães, Recife; Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro/ Coleção Gilberto Chateaubriand; and Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, among others.