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.
- Untitled, 2020
- Installation view, Sandra Cinto: Cosmic Garden, Ginza Maison Hermès, Tokyo,, 2020
- From Landscape of a Lifetime, 2019
- Installation view, Sandra Cinto: Landscape of a Lifetime, Dallas Museum of Art, 2019
- Untitled, 2018
- Untitled (from the series By Chance and Necessity - Nocturno), 2017
- Untitled (from the series By Chance and Necessity), 2015
- Imitation of water, 2010
- Untitled, 2010
- sin titulo, 2007
- Under the sun and the stars, 2004
- Bird, 2004
- Untitled, 2001
- Untitled, 1999
- Untitled, 1999
- Table, 1999
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 Dallas Museum of Art (2019-2020), Contemporary Art Center Cincinnati (2017), USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, Florida (2015), 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 worldwide, her most notable include Untitled for Murals of La Jolla (2018 - ongoing), The Invisible Telescope, at USF Kate Tiedemann College of Business (2018 - permanent), Library of Love at the Contemporary Art Center Cincinnati (2017-ongoing), O Grande Sol, P.S. 56 (2016 - permanent), 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).
Upcoming, Cinto’s work will be the subject of solo exhibitions at Maison Hermès, Tokyo (2020) and at Instituto Itaú Cultural, Sao Paulo, solo exhibition curated by Paulo Herkenoff (2020). Also in 2020, Cinto will unveil significant permanent public commissions at the new Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York; Teatro Cultura Artística, Sao Paulo, Rosewood Sao Paulo hotel, Itaúsa Bank, Sao Paulo, among several others in the United States soon to be announced.
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.
SANDRA CINTO: COSMIC GARDENGINZA MAISON HERMÈS, TOKYO June 4 - July 31, 2020GINZA MAISON HERMÈS, TOKYO
SANDRA CINTO: LANDSCAPE OF A LIFETIMEDALLAS MUSEUM OF ART November 15, 2019 - November 1, 2020
Sandra Cinto: Two ForcesTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York June 1 - July 29, 2016
SANDRA CINTO: The Other ShoreCAAM - Atlantic Center of Modern Art, Spain June 12 - September 21, 2014
The Bigger PictureTanya Bonakdar Gallery June 12 - August 1, 2014
Sandra Cinto: Piece of SilenceTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York October 24 - December 21, 2013
INTERSECTIONS: SANDRA CINTO, One Day, After the RainPHILLIPS COLLECTION, WASHINGTON, DC May 19, 2012 - August 18, 2013
SANDRA CINTO: ENCONTRO DAS ÁGUAS (ENCOUNTER OF WATERS)SEATTLE ART MUSEUM April 14, 2012 - February 9, 2014
Sandra Cinto: After the RainTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York March 24 - April 27, 2011
SANDRA CINTO: IMITAÇÃO DA ÁGUA (IMITATION OF WATER)INSTITUTO TOMIE OHTAKE, SÃO PAULO January 1 - 31, 2010
Blooming Now – Brazilian Contemporary Artist ShowToyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota July 5 - September 21, 2008
5TH BIENAL DO MERCOSULJanuary 1 - 31, 2005
Sandra Cinto: Under the Sun and StarsTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York January 15 - February 14, 2004
Sandra CintoTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York September 6 - October 13, 2001
DRAWINGSTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York September 9 - October 16, 1999
Sandra Cinto: Constructed HappinessTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York May 25 - July 2, 1999
Sandra Cinto2002 Hardcover, 88 pages pages
Publisher: Casa Triângulo, São Paulo
Dimensions: 20 cm
Sandra Cinto: Construcão (Construction)Angelica de Moraes, Paulo Reis, Marcos Moraes, Raphaela Platow, 2006 Hardcover, 184 pages pages
Publisher: Dardo TU, Santiago de Compostela
Dimensions: 23 cm
Sandra Cinto: A Travessia DifícilPaulo Reis, David Barro, 2007 Softcover, 136 pages pages
Publisher: Dardo TU, Santiago de Compostela
Dimensions: 22 cm
Sandra Cinto: Imitação da água (Imitation of Water)2010 Hardcover, 160 pages pages
Publisher: Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo
Dimensions: 19 x 23 cm
Sandra Cinto: la otra orillaOmar-Pascual Castillo, David Barro, Oscar Alonso Molina, 2014 Hardcover, pages
Publisher: Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno - CAAM
Sandra Cinto: Acaso E Necessidade (Chance and Necessity)Yuki Kondo, Laura R. Colkitt, Miguel Chaia, 2017 Hardcover, 172 pages pages
Publisher: Ateliê Fidalga, São Paulo
Sandra CintoMaison Hermès March 19, 2020Documentary film of Cosmic Garden. This exhibition presents an immersive installation, using blue gradations that symbolize the universe and thin lines in white and silver,...
Sandra CintoSeattle Art Museum April 17, 2012The Seattle Art Museum unveils Brazilian born, São Paulo-based artist Sandra Cinto's site-specific installation for the Olympic Sculpture Park's PACCAR Pavilion. Influenced by artists as...