Sandra Diaz is an artist/designer living and working in Vancouver, Canada since 2003. Born and raised in a small town north of Bogota, she grew up in the midst of a tumultuous political era in a dense and lively culture. These early years carved in her an interest in social struggles, critical theory and a passion for alternative vehicles of communication, education and creativity. Moving to Canada to pursue her education as an artist, she began to appreciate how being a part of the Colombian diaspora catalyzed the process of defining her identity as a Latin American woman. Her work looks to depict this on-going process of defining an identity, particularly from a female perspective and in response to conceptions of male/female dichotomies. Both in aesthetics and process, she explores the ‘feminine’ and the politics and expectations of her gender in an aim to challenge the value-laden binary opposition. While distinctly feminine, her work carries a spectrum of qualities that range from beautiful to disturbing, from powerful to delicate, from experimental to masterful, from decorative to compelling.
Formal aspects of her work are influenced by illustration, art nouveau, pop surrealism, and portraiture.