Sandra Cinto's fifth solo exhibition at the gallery presents new works on canvas which evoke
the sea, sky, rain, waves, and clouds to illustrate the cycles of human life and the indomitable
hope for transcendence inherently interwoven in a transformational journey. Within a
fantastical landscape that serves as a metaphor for the human odyssey, the São Paolo-based
artist elevates our understanding of the human condition while pushing the limits and
possibilities of drawing.
In one gallery, Cinto appropriates the architectural space to create an elegant mural of
hallucinatory power. Forests of silver marks fastidiously assemble to form an abstract blanket
of rain on all four walls. The precisely executed drawing, though dense, promotes the illusion of
a weightless, whimsical universe. A deep blue background envelops the small gallery at a
skewed angle, as layers of shimmering silver cause a psychedelic spatial disorientation and
walls are swallowed up by merging and diverging clusters of fine lines. With subtle shifts in
scale, the viewer senses a proportional distortion of size, which further promotes the feeling of
a spiraling deluge.
In the adjacent gallery, Cinto's stylized linear world also appears on canvas, as skillful and
ephemeral wisps of silver ink illustrate the deft and clever touch of the artist and patterns
come to life in two-dimensional form. Clever, animated lines repeat in a haphazard fashion as
Cinto takes drawing to its edge and into the abyss. The symbolism of the show's title "After the
Rain," shines through in these works, as the story of human challenge and redemption is
paralleled by a metaphor of buoyant seas and gusty winds. The images of rain culminate in a
single dark blue canvas - an interesting and contrasting peaceful place. Anchored by this
minimalist canvas, the sublime message of Cinto's show is apparent, encouraging reverie. The
rain has now come full cycle, opening up a space for a new world and a fresh start.
Sandra Cinto's work in included in the collections of the Albright-Knox Gallery, NY, Institute of
Contemporary Art, Boston, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, Museu de Arte
Moderna, São Paulo, Brazil, Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Instituto
Inhotim, Brumadinho, Brazil, among others. Current exhibitions include: Proyecto Ideal, Centro
Cultural São Paulo (CCSP), Brazil, through May 22, 2011 (group show originated at the Museo
de Arte Contemporáneo, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile in 2010) and Solar, O Espaco
Cultural do Complexo Hospitalar Edmundo Vasconcelos, Spain.
Recent notable exhibitions include a solo show at the Instituto Tomi Ohtake, São Paulo, Brazil,
curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, 2010; Pleasure Point: Celebrating 25 Years of
Contemporary Collectors, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA (group); Parallel 2010
// The Contemplation of the World, curated by Paulo Reis, Liceu de Artes e Oficios, São Paulo,
Brazil (group) and TRANSactions: Contemporary Latin American and Latino Art, The Memorial
Art Gallery, University of Rochester, NY, which traveled to The High Museum of Art, Altanta and
The Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina, 2007-2008 (group). Cinto was
recently commissioned to create an outdoor public work for the Parque Leopoldina in São
Paulo, Brazil entitled When The Night Comes Into My Room and an outdoor public commission
for the SESC swimming pool in Santo André, Brazil entitled Japonism.