“Maybe it is time to ask for forgiveness to Mother Earth...and let art with these great colors enhance our energy”
- Sandra Monterroso
Sandra Monterroso (Guatemala, b. 1974)
Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino is pleased to present new work by the Guatemalan artist Sandra Monterroso. For over two decades Monterroso has been investigating her own Maya Q’eqchi’ ancestry to produce a body of work that, according to art historian Isabela Villanueva, “researches and scrutinizes the role of the indigenous in Guatemalan heritage and its contemporaneity, gender roles in the face of traditions, and the process of conversion and subjugation."
Sandra Monterroso began her career in performance art in 1999. She earned a B.A. in graphic design in Guatemala in 2001, followed by a 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, Vienna, Austria. Monterroso has represented Guatemala in more than twelve biennials, including the 56th Venice Bienale, the 12th Havana Biennial, and the Frestas Art Triennial in Brazil. Today, Monterroso lives and works in Guatemala City.
About the Quarantine Compositions series
In this series of watercolors, each painting represents one day of quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic. Monterroso explains, "I started working on this series a few days after the news of mandatory confinement. During the quarantine I have spent very sad days so I tried to take refuge in spirituality and meditation. I started doing meditations to balance the chakras. Each form has a color: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and purple. In turn, they are energetic vortices that regulate the emotional, mental and spiritual fields. Each chakra is also related to keeping the body's health balanced. The watercolors have a layer of charcoal, which for me represents the fog of our own fears. Even so, the color and brightness invite us to believe in the balance of life and its constant movement."
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain
Yes Contemporary, Miami, FL
Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MADC), Costa Rica
Essex Collection of Latin American Art, London, UK
Fundación Ortiz Gurdián, Managua, Nicaragua
Paiz Foundation, Guatemala