Fanny Sanín [b. 1938, Colombia]
A leading member of the second generation of abstract artists from Colombia, Fanny Sanín is best known for her paintings of abstract geometric forms and colors. Born and raised in Bogotá, Sanín graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from Universidad de los Andes in 1960, and continued her studies in printmaking and art history at the University of Illinois. While living in London during the late 1960s, she studied engraving at Chelsea School of Art. In 2015, Sanín was awarded an honorary Master's of Arts by the University of Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia. Since 1971, she has lived and worked in New York City. She is currently exhibiting in the Aichi Triennale at the Aichi Arts Center in Nagoya City, Japan through October 10, 2022, presenting nine paintings curated by Tobias Ostrander, the Estrellita B. Brodsky Adjunct Curator, Latin American Art at Tate.
Sanín's purely abstract artistic language, devoid of any allusion to an external reality, seeks to create order through the harmonization of color and compositional elements. While originally taking a spontaneous and intuitive approach to painting, Sanín began to formalize her process in 1974 by creating a series of iterative studies on paper to determine the final composition of each painting on canvas. Each a finished painting in its own right, these studies offer a rare glimpse into the artist's methodical process. In some cases, this process may resolve itself after two or three studies, while other times she may work through ten or more iterations before arriving at the final composition.
"My language is that of pure abstraction devoid of any allusion to external reality...I am the result of a confrontation of cultures expressed through my individual personality and the inner world. I am seeking order in my work, harmony in the elements, and purity in the colors..Drawings are the first and most important part of my creation...I use them to plan and reach the image that I would finally love to paint on canvas."
- Fanny Sanín, 2012
"Fanny Sanín is best known as a painter, first in oil, and then, beginning in the 1970s, acrylic on canvas. But since the early 1960s, she has created a substantial, parallel, and interlocking body of drawings in watercolor and acrylic. Her mature practice as a painter is studiously based on creating large groups of preparatory works on paper. Their pathway has been the essential basis of her artistic evolution."
- Patterson Sims, Independent Art Curator