As a trained printmaker, Annie Smits-Sandano is accustomed to looking at objects as individual shapes which come together on the surface. Working with layers of textured acrylic paint, Smits Sandano is able to build up subtle colour block surfaces which relate to her woodblock prints in terms of graphic colours and clean edges. They are a non-prescriptive study of form and hue.
Born in 1983 Annie Smits Sandano was born in Brazil and grew up in Auckland. She graduated Elam, Auckland University's School of Fine Arts with Honours and studied at the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design in the USA, spending a semester abroad attending Fine Arts College SACI in Florence, Italy.
Dynamic and vibrant in composition, they are arranged to shift balance with form and tone.
Since beginning her career as a professional printmaker, Smits Sandano has participated in numerous group exhibitions throughout New Zealand, Australia and select cities in the USA, and has had several successful solo shows. Smits Sandano is represented by galleries all over New Zealand and her pieces feature in collections around the world.