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SANDRA REDE
(Sandra Helena Rede Lovera)

Guadalajara, Mexico, 1985. Painter and graphic designer. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Mexico, Canada, Sweden, Italy, United Kingdom, Ireland, Ukraine, Hungary and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her paintings and illustrations have appeared in magazines. In addition to painting she has been involved in illustration, pattern design, paper mache figures, pyrography, art toys, contemporary jewelery and photography. In 2011 she was awarded with the Special Jury Prize at "The 1st Gold Panda International Cartoon and Illustration Competition" held in Beijing, China.


Artist Statement 
  
My work is characterized by bright and contrasting colors, the main theme being a conjunction of feminine elements. These elements are marked in turn by the deep, personal universe of feelings and ideas from within every single being, looking for a balance between the beautiful and the mysterious, the uncertain and transitory state between innocence and the melancholy of loss, the ongoing struggle between joy and bitterness, a difficult and delicate balance that I try in every painting. 

My inspiration comes from various sources such as graphic design, interior and textile design, art, illustration, music, designer toys, handcrafts from different traditions, fashion, gothic aesthetics, contemporary jewelry and photography. Beyond all this, I believe that the nature and variety of the world’s folklore is an inexhaustible source of inspiration. 

However, my fascination for distant cultures has led me to learn more about my roots and apply it in my life and my work. Shapes, patterns and colors bring together a world of very different cultures, and giving my view of this learning through human expression in its most direct and honest form, away from excessive symbolisms, is my first and last goal.