Annie Smits Sandano

Annie was born in Brazil and grew up in New Zealand. She graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts with Honours and has studied in the USA, at the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, and has spent a semester attending Fine Arts College SACI in Florence, Italy.

Since beginning her career as a professional printmaker, Annie has participated in numerous group exhibitions throughout New Zealand, Australia and select cities in the USA, and has had several successful solo shows at Seed Gallery and Parnell Gallery. Annie is represented by galleries all over New Zealand, and her pieces feature in collections around the world.

Recent achievements include having an original piece selected for the Wallace Arts Trust collection, and having two pieces selected as finalists for the Waikato Society of Arts Waikato Youth Art Awards. In 2010 The Hilton Group purchased a large original piece for it’s newest hotel in Queenstown. Denis Robinson’s 2010 book, New Zealand Gallery, featured Annie as a vibrant emerging artist which is quickly becoming recognised as a significant contributor to contemporary printmaking practice in New Zealand with a strong following that extends to Australia with representation in galleries in both countries.

An important part of Annie’s practice is the donation of artwork to numerous organisations to raise funds for various causes. Past collaborations with Save the Children, Greenpeace, SurfAid, and the Braveheart Youth Trust have exceeded expectations. A recent collaboration with Save the Children has yielded a Christmas card design that has been printed over 7000 times, with all proceeds from sales going to the organisation. Annie is also involved with fundraising for Greenpeace New Zealand and has donated a limited edition wood cut print to Greenpeace’s Webb’s Auction House fundraising auction.