Sandra Zegarra Patow

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.

Artist Statement

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.

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 how I direct my path in life. When it comes to creativity I always try to get inspired by visiting museums, art exhibitions, follow certain social media platforms and reading articles about upcoming artists as well as my experience and observations.

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.

Exhibitions

21th August till 2th October 2022

Kunstprijs Charlois 2022

16th July till 1th October 2022

The Bellhop Hotel

5th May till 5th June 2022

1014 Gallery Londen

December 2021

Huis van Fotografie

4 Juli t/m 1 Augustus 2021

Publieke Werken Rotterdam

1 Augustus t/m 23 augustus 2020

Boijmans Ahoy drive-thru Museum

9 July till 9th August 2020

Publieke Werken Rotterdam

3 November till 28 December 2019

Hostel Ani & Haakien

1 June till 1 September 2019

Pachamamis Rotterdam

2 till 7th March 2019

Tent Rotterdam

The Grey Space in the middle

1 June 2018

Strange Fruits in a Glasshouse – Exhibition & Club Night

16 June 2018

Pica Pica Zomerparade: Jeremy Garcia & Sandra Zegarra Patow

15 August 2017

Showroom MAMA project mami.bricks

31 Oktober 2016

Filmhuis Den Haag

April 2016

Kids of the Industry (KOTI)

April 2016

Cretopia at West-Kruiskade, Rotterdam

November – January 2016

Café Cultura

January 2015

Blender

November 2013

BAR Rotterdam

August 2012

Vief en Vuig

March 2009

Rotown

March 2009

Nederlands Fotomuseum – Las Palmas

Fairytales

Education

2014 – 2018

Royal Academy of Art The Hague

Interactive Media Design

2012 – 2014

Royal Academy of Art The Hague

Photography

2004-2006

Grafisch Lyceum Rotterdam

Graphic Design, Print Media and Photography

2006

Fotovakschool basisopleiding

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