Sandra Chevrier

Sandra Chevrier (1983) is a Canadian contemporary/pop urban artist, known for her captivating portraits of women from The Cages series. Sandra has a bachelor's degree in visual and media arts from UQAM - L'Université du Québec à Montréal. She is also a self-taught artist who fell in love with art as a child. In her first sketches, she drew eyes all the time. This initial obsession is very visible in her current work.

Sandra produces work that spans wildly fluctuating emotional conundrums and concepts that have set the standard for our modern communication, revealing the limitations of our world; our self-imposed expectations and the cages we have allowed to keep us from the fullness of life experience. With work that demands to be dissected beyond surface value, Chevriers portraits are literally torn between the fantastical heroics and iconography of comics and the harsher underlying tragedy of suppressed female identity and the exposed superficial illusion it conveys. Sandra paints masterfully detailed portraits, making her women seemingly emerge from a surreal world, onto the canvas, where a dance is performed between reality and fantasy, truth and deception. The artist chooses to highlight the fragility of the superhero, their struggles and weaknesses, revealing the humanity in the superhuman. For all the playfulness of the thing itself and all the "CRASH BAM POW", superheroes are also fragile. We are only human, men and women, and we are entitled to our faults and mistakes.