About Sandy Katz
Costa Rican born Sandy Katz is a sculptor who is determined to document the human condition of modern day man and women with all of its struggles, victories and emotions. Raised in the United States, she still maintains a strong identity with her Latin American culture. Her study of the arts as a youth nurtured and developed her love for oil painting and watercolor and allowed her participation in various art exhibitions and contests early on. Sandy graduated from UCLA with a Bachelors degree in English and later pursued the study of Interior Design. Her immersion in the study of design further refined her color sensibility and introduced her to an understanding of spatial relationships and an appreciation of form.
Sandy works hard to balance her family life while also nurturing her love of art. She used her creative energy to raise three sons with her husband, while continuing to explore art and design as an artist and venturing into arts education. In the late 90s, she was the director and founder of LuvArt, an art program for teenagers from throughout the San Fernando Valley. Sandy volunteered for five years in various capacities for the organization Piece by Piece, a successful non-profit which works with the homeless population in Los Angeles instructing them to create mosaic tile projects. The proceeds from these various works primarily benefit each participant from the community involved, in addition to offering them renewed hope.
Sandy Katz’s voice as a sculptor has evolved and taken on nuance as she has developed into a more mature artist. Her early figurative work was characterized by geometric abstracted forms and Modernist sensibilities. Some of her early work is expressionistic and painterly, such as Man in Blue. More recently, we see a stronger turn to narrative content and an exploration of character in her figures. Sandy uses gesture, expression and bodily poses as a container for emotional content.
Her most recent sculpture, Hands of Peace, reflects a change in intention. Sandy is evolving from what has been a private personal practice into one that prioritizes a public audience and a more public setting. As such, this work approaches meaning through the symbolic and is an abstracted form that is a critique of the world we live in.