Annie Smits Sandano
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Annie has lived in New Zealand, Italy and the UK. Having completed her Fine Arts education at Elam School of Fine Arts with Honours and the Rhode Island School of Design in the USA, she has since exhibited in New Zealand, Australia, the UK and the USA. Annie currently lives and works between London and Auckland.
Assembling, collating and hybridising to reconfigure visual vocabularies, she works across a variety of media. Her first exhibited works were wood block prints and she has extended her visual investigation and practice into the area of painting and ceramics.
Recent acquisitions have seen works featured in The Wallace Arts Trust, The Hilton Group and the Deloitte Art Collection.
Recent achievements include having an installation selected as finalist and catalogue cover for New Zealand's 2019 Portage Ceramics Award, a piece featured in Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge’s private collection and having two pieces selected as finalists for the Waikato Society of Arts Waikato Youth Art Award. Her work has also been featured in Denis Robinson’s publication, New Zealand Gallery.