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Biography

SANDRA MONTERROSO [b. 1974, Guatemala City]

Sandra Monterroso began her artistic career in performance art in 1999. She earned a B.A. in Graphic Design in 2001, followed by an M.A. in Design from Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado in Puebla, Mexico. In 2020, Monterroso earned a PhD in Art Practice from the Academy of Arts in Vienna, Austria. She has represented Guatemala in more than twelve biennials, including the 56th Venice Bienale, the 12th Havana Biennial, and the Frestas Art Triennial in Brazil. Monterroso lives and works in Guatemala City.

In her work, Monterroso explores the dynamics of indigenous culture in the postcolonial era, gender issues, and other constructs of power across media including tapestry, painting, video, installation, and performance. As Isabel Villanueva

 

notes, “With her thought-provoking and beautiful artworks, Monterroso is trying to unravel the threads or knots that the colonial and patriarchal tradition have left in Guatemala's contemporary social fabric.” Her influences include Cindy Sherman (U.S.), Gina Pane (France), Carolee Shneemann (Germany), and Ana Mendieta (Cuba), and Marina Abramović (Yugoslavia), as she explores issues of identity and relational dynamics between genders and cultures.

As Monterroso explains, “Behind the silence and the paradox of modernity and coloniality, I start taking as a symbolic reference more particularly the Mayan q’eq’chi’ language as an inheritance from my grandmother, whose linguistic structure is completely metaphorical.” 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2020

Threads of Memory. Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino. Houston, TX.

Dyed in the wool - the committed poetics of nonconformity. Cecilia Brunson Projects. London, UK.

2019

Las heridas también se tiñen de azul. Spanish Cultural Center, Guatemala City, Guatemala.

El agua se volvió oro, el río se volvió oro, el oro se volvió azul. Museo ExTeresa, Mexico City, Mexico.

2018

Hybris. NG Gallery, Panama City, Panamá. 

2017

Inchaq'na / Hermana Mayor. French Alliance, Guatemala City, Guatemala.
Distorsiones e imperfecciones, The 9.99 Gallery, Guatemala City, Guatemala. 

2014

Acciones para abolir el deseo. The 9.99 Gallery, Guatemala City, Guatemala. 

2013

Efectos cruzados. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, San Salvador, El Salvador. 

2011

Efectos cruzados. Galería Piegatto (Arte La Fábrica), Guatemala City, Guatemala.

2009

Meditando el error. Galería de Artes Visuales, Universidad Rafael Landivar, Guatemala City, Guatemala.

2008

Rakoc Atin. Palacio de la Corte Suprema de Justicia, Guatemala City, Guatemala.

2005

Sucesos Carcomidos. Galería El Attico, Guatemala City, Guatemala.

2004

Metabolismo. Centro Cultural de España, Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Selected Public Collections

Essex Collection of Latin American Art, London, UK

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain 

Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, (MADC), Costa Rica

Ortíz Gurdián Foundation, Managua, Nicaragua 

Paiz Foundation for Art and Culture, Guatemala City, Guatemala

YAXS Foundation, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Yes Contemporary, Miami, FL