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b. 1938, Bogotá, Colombia

Lives in New York, USA

Fanny Sanín Sader is a Colombian born artist from Bogotá who resides in New York City. The daughter of Gabriel Sanín Tobón and Fanny Sader Guerra, she is best known for her paintings of abstract geometric forms and colors. She is considered to be part of the second generation of abstract artists from Colombia.​

She graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Los Andes in 1960. She then continued her studies in the areas of printmaking and art history at the University of Illinois. While living in London later in the 1960s, she studied engraving at the Chelsea School of Art.

In 1993 her painting, Acrylic No. 6, was added to the Art Museum of the Americas's Permanent Collection. Some of her other works have been added to the permanent collections of the Museo de Arte de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Museo de Arte Abstracto Manuel Felguérez (2003), Museo del Barrio de Nueva York (2011), National Museum of Women in the Arts (2011), Museo La Tertulia (2013), and the Museo Nacional de Colombia (2015).​​

Among the temporary exhibits in which she has participated are the Pinta Art Show (2007) and the Durban Segnini Gallery's Abstracción y Constructivismo: Continuidad y ruptura de la modernidad Latinoamericana (2015).

She was also awarded an Honoris Causa de Magíster en Artes (honorary master's degree of art) by the University of Antioquia in February 2015.

Selected Solo Exhibitions





Fanny Sanín: Concrete Abstractions, Sicardi Ayers Bacino, Houston, Texas, USA

Art_Latin_America: Against the Survey, Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA







Amazonas, Lamazonne Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia
Art of the Americas: Collection of the Art Museum of the Americas of the Organization of American States, The Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC, USA, catalogue essay by Ana M. Franco
Color, Form, and Unicorn—Recent Acquisitions, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, California, USA







New Acquisitions, The Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, USA

The Louver Gallery in Los Angeles presents Sanín’s works from the 1960s to the present in the context of the Pacific Standard Time LA/LA celebration, Los Angeles, California, USA
Equilibrium, The Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, USA









The Balance of Color, the Goya Contemporary Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland, USA; catalogue, essay by Clayton Kirking
The Illusive Eye, an extensive exhibition of Constructivist and Optic art in Latin America, El Museo del Barrio, New York, New York, USA
Homenaje a la constancia, a retrospective of Sanín’s work on paper, Museo de Arte of the Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia
Symmetry, León Tovar Gallery, New York, New York, USA; catalogue, essay by Clayton Kirking


Fanny Sanin Donation, Museo Nacional, Bogotá, Colombia, catalogue, essays by Germán Rubiano and Christian Padilla 



Fanny Sanin Drawings and Studies 1960 to Now, Frederico Seve Gallery, New York, catalogue, essay by Patterson Sims






Fanny Sanin, Discipline in painting and sculpture (with Eduardo Ramirez Villamizar), Durban Segnini Gallery, Miami; Florida, catalogue, essay by Carlos M. Luis
Fanny Sanín, Alonso Garcés Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia, catalogue, essay by Maria Belén Sáez de Ibarra 




Fanny Sanin, A Chromatic Journey, 1966 – 2006, Latincollector, New York; catalogue, essay by Mónica Espinel
3 Views of Abstraction, New Arts Gallery, Litchfield, CT 



Fanny Sanin, La Struttura Cromatica, Instituto Italo- LatinoAmericano, Rome, Italy; catalogue, essay by Félix Angel 



The Chromatic Structures of Fanny Sanin, 1074-2004, Colombian Embassy, Washington, DC; catalogue, essay by Félix Angel 



Concrete Realities, Latincollector, New York; catalogue, essay by Edward Sullivan



Solo exhibition of works on paper, National Arts Club, New York

Gomez Gallery, Baltimore; catalogue, essay by Clayton Kirking



Colors, Contrasts, and Cultures, Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA



Antioquia Museum, Medellín, Colombia, catalogue, essays by Maria Elvira Iriarte and Libe de Zulategui



Garcés Velasquez Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia, catalogue, essay by Richard Humphrey



InterAmerican Art Gallery, Sheldon Lurie, Curator, Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, FL, catalogue, essay by Donald Goodall



Greater Lafayette Museum of Art, Lafayette, Indiana, catalogue, essay by Sharon Theobald 







Retrospective Exhibition, John Stringer, Curator, Museum of Modern Art, Bogotá, Colombia, catalogue, essays by John Stringer and Gloria Zea 

Traveling Retrospective Exhibition, Avianca Cultural Center, Barranquilla; Museum of Modern Art, Medellín; Museum of Modern Art, Cartagena, Colombia 


Chamber of Commerce, Cali, Colombia


Garcés Velasquez Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia


Schiller-Wapner Gallery, New York, catalogue, essay by Mario Amaya



Juan Martin Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico

Rayo Museum, Roldanillo, Colombia



Phoenix Gallery, New York, catalogue, essay by Peter Frank 1982 Garcés Velasquez Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia



Phoenix Gallery, New York, catalogue, essay by Ida E. Rubin 1979 Garcés Velásquez Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia


Quintero Gallery, Barranquilla, Colombia



Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City, Mexico, catalogue, essay by Fernando Gamboa


University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois


Long Island University, New York


Phoenix Gallery, New York, catalogue, essay by Carla Gottlieb 1972 National Institute of Culture and Fine Arts, Caracas, Venezuela 1970 House of Culture Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico



Panamerican Union Gallery, Organization of American States,Washington, D.C.


AIA Gallery, London, England



Museum of Fine Arts, Caracas, Venezuela, catalogue, essay by Germán Rubiano Caballero


Colseguros Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia


Museum of Modern Art, Bogotá, Colombia



Lake House Gallery, National University, Mexico City, Mexico 1965 Turok-Wasserman Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico



Technological Institute of Monterrey, Curator, Manuel Rodriguez Vizcarra, Architecture Department, Monterrey, Mexico 


Modern Art Gallery, Monterrey, Mexico

Selected Public Collections

Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin Collection, Oberlin, Ohio Biblioteca Luís Ángel Arango, Bogotá, Colombia
Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France
Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
Gallery of Latin American Art, Krakow, Poland
Greater Lafayette Museum of Art, Lafayette, IN
Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Instituto Nacional de Cultura y Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul, MN
Museo de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia
Museo de Arte Abstracto Manuel Felguérez, Zacatecas, Mexico Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Bogotá, Colombia
Museo de Arte de la Universidad Nacional, Bogotá, Colombia Museo de Arte de la Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia Museo de Arte del Tolima, Ibagué, Colombia
Museo de Arte Moderno Ramírez Villamizar, Pamplona, Colombia Museo de Arte Moderno, Barranquilla, Colombia
Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogotá, Colombia

Museo de Arte Moderno, Cartagena, Colombia

Museo de Arte Moderno, Medellín, Colombia
Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico
Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela
Museo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
Museo del Barrio, New York, NY
Museo La Tertulia, Cali, Colombia
Museo Municipal de Artes Gráficas, Maracaibo, Venezuela

Museo Nacional, Bogotá, Colombia
Museo Rayo, Roldanillo, Colombia
Museum of Art of the Americas, Washington, D.C.
Museum of Art, Warsaw, Poland
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
New York Public Library, New York, NY
Pinacoteca de Nuevo León, Monterrey, Mexico
Puerto Rico Institute of Culture, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.
Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
University of Essex Collection of Latin American Art, Colchester, UK Valencia Athenaeum, Valencia, Venezuela