Studio 12 - Sandra Duran Wilson

Category / Medium:  Mixed Media
Paintings / Drawings:  Acrylic, Mixed Materials

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Sandra Duran Wilson is an internationally recognized artist, author, lecturer, and juror. Her innovative, award-winning mixed-media art has been influenced by her extensive scientific background and her experience with synesthesia.

Born and raised on the border of Mexico, Sandra lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. As a child she apprenticed under her great aunt Santa Duran, a renowned artist (1909-2002). She pursued studies in physics, biology and chemistry and earned degrees in both Fine Art and Cognitive Science from the University of New Mexico. She is also the recipient of several Art in Public Places awards from the state of New Mexico. In 2021 she received the honor of an Artist Residence at the Chateau d’Orquevaux in France.

Her artwork is included in many private, corporate, and educational collections worldwide and she is represented by galleries in the U.S. and Australia. A recent solo show at Popejoy Hall, the Performing Arts Center in Albuquerque, NM, returned her to her alma mater, the University of New Mexico. Another distinction includes having her artwork “New Worlds”, which is in a collection in Germany, selected as a digital image to travel on the spaceship Osiris-Rex to the asteroid Bennu.

About her artistic vision Sandra states, “My art is driven by curiosity and the possibilities of what materials can do, especially when combined in unusual ways. I incorporate printmaking, collage, acrylic painting, and even three-dimensional elements into my work. I explore concepts like time travel and physics along with dreams and symbols. A kind of crazy mixed-up world of science and fantasy.”

She grew up on the border of Mexico with healers, scientists, and artists, and explains, “I was free to explore the land, and anything seemed possible. This same passion and curiosity I have for the materials have pushed me to expand beyond the flat surface. I create three dimensional sculptures which incorporate layers of acrylic paint onto cast acrylic and the pieces are fused together like glass using resin. Light moves through them and they have multiple images depending on the angle of viewing.”