I am Sandra Zegarra Patow, a Peruvian artist graduated from IMD (Interactive Media Design) at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. I have a deep connection with my Peruvian roots and I create images that lay at the intersection of harmony and odd. Through distorted bodies, dreamy patterns, and by using nature`s color pallete, the artworks that I conceive, invite the viewers to catch a glimpse of my mind.
I was born in Lima, Peru in 1987 and at the age of six, I moved with my parents and my four-year-old little brother to Rotterdam. I grew up and spent most of my life in The Netherlands. Growing up, I remember I would spend my free time dancing, recording stories, and making songs with my younger brother. Straight after school, I would go home to watch my ‘novellas ‘ – one of the few possibilities to be connected with my South American roots.
At the age of 16, I went to the Hofplein Theatre to learn acting, dancing, and singing to become an actress. At that time I got a camera from my mother as a present. From that moment, I felt more drawn to photography than to theatre school.
Quickly I realized that I wanted to do this on a professional level. I went then to study at the Graphic Design Academy where I was allowed to skip a class due to my progress.
After 6 successful years, I graduated from the Royal Acedemy of Arts with an IMD Bachelor’s degree. After I completed my studies I went to work for a brief time at the Eye Museum in Amsterdam for a couple of VR reality exhibitions. Meanwhile, I continued working on my photography projects.
I am Sandra Zegarra Patow, a Peruvian artist who graduated from IMD (Interactive Media Design) at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. I have a deep connection with my Peruvian roots and I create images that lay at the intersection of harmony and odd. Through distorted bodies, dreamy patterns, and by using nature`s color palette, the artworks that I conceive, invite the viewers to catch a glimpse of my mind.
As an artist, my creative practice is based on my intuition, my beliefs, and the connection I establish with the subjects. This approach is not only based on how I develop my projects but also on how I direct my path in life.
When it comes to creativity I like to get fuelled by my roots. I get influenced by culture, traditions, and history of it. The nostalgia always lies in the things I still have a strong connection with as well. In this way, I contribute to my part as an artist and being.
I get moved by the strong women who surround me. They give me fuel and confirm to me that we are incredible beings. I feel when I encourage anyone who gets drawn by my work that I can give a bit of myself to it. My work has a bit of humor, feminity, sexuality and sarcasm.
We live in a world of speed, where you can easily get distracted by everything around you and sometimes it can be very overwhelming. But it is very important to focus on the things that matter to you. What drives me and keeps me focused is creating a beautiful world where I can share stories and help people along the way. I only create and get involved in projects that I find beautiful or stimulating, and I try to have fun as much as possible during the process.
Equally important is that my work sparks discussions and develops new ways of thinking about how we see and perceive the world.
The Grey Space in the middle
Interactive Media Design
Graphic Design, Print Media and Photography