Sandra Mack-Valencia grew up in Colombia, where under the smell of oil paint, turpentine and linseed oil in her father’s studio, she developed a passion for the arts, in particular for painting and drawing. When she turned 16, her gift was the registration at the Escuela de Arte Eladio Velez, a local art school in Sandra’s neighborhood. After receiving her BFA from the Universidad de Antioquia, she moved to New York and finished her MFA at Hunter College. Sandra’s work has been exhibited in museums, galleries and institutions in Colombia, New York, and Japan. She is a recipient of the Nathalie Angles Award, the Sommerville Arts Prize, and was nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. In 2011 her work was selected as part of the (S) Files Biennial at El Museo del Barrio in New York, and in 2014 she was chosen as one of the Outstanding Antioqueños in the World, and her art practice was featured in a documentary that aired at her native city.