Annie Smits Sandano
Annie Smits Sandano was born in Brazil and has lived between New Zealand and her home country for the past ten years. She has undertaken her art training on an international level: beginning in the USA, where she attended the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design. There she strengthened her skills in illustration, design and composition. Following this, Annie spent seven months in Florence, Italy, where she studied Italian Renaissance art history, textile design, painting and contemporary spatial design.
Upon her return to New Zealand, Annie attended and graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland, where she spent her Undergraduate years developing a solid conceptual foundation whilst consolidating technical printmaking skills with a strong focus on wood block prints. After graduating, Annie has established herself as a practising contemporary limited edition printmaker and Fine Artist and works from Auckland and her studio in the Coromandel. She has had two successful solo exhibitions and has participated in numerous group exhibitions throughout New Zealand and the USA. Annie’s work celebrates our unique wildlife and particularly our native birds such as the tui and fantail as well as incorporating vibrant symbolic elements of our cultural heritage. Woodcut has a strong tradition in Brazil, to which roots these contemporary prints also pay cross-cultural homage. Combining beautifully hand embossed paper with her finely honed woodcut printing techniques and restricting her colour blocking to bold effect, these finely crafted images are at the same time complex in their structure yet uplifting and spacious in effect.