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Sandra Banava

is an artist based in San Francisco. With a background in fine arts, textile design and dance, she values the spontaneous & improvisational approach to art making.

Studio Practice

Her abstract paintings, mixed media, and textile arts are multitudinous layers of marks, pigments, and stitches—nuanced with hidden poems. She has worked on canvases, paper and more recently focuses on large-scale fabric installations.

Dance & Poetry

As a dancer with training in Improv, Modern, Ballet, West African, and Classical & Folkloric Persian, Sandra's visual art is influenced by works of dancers and poets. She utilizes poetry as a linguistic tool in creating non-verbal and visceral imagery.

Art Education

Sandra holds a BA in Fine Arts from San Francisco State University and has explored a variety of studio environments in a number of media such as oil & acrylic painting, printmaking, watercolor, and digital.

Fabric Design training

Sandra studied fabric design at The California School of Professional Fabric Design in Berkeley. She also learnt the ancient Persian hand-block printing on silk from the Azarbaijani Batik Master, Gangineh, in Tehran. During the course of her training, she designed and carved her wooden blocks and printed a collection of silk scarves.

Same batik wooden blocks were showcased in the U.S when Sandra created her first mass-produced fabric collection, “Medallion” for Studio Sampou.  “Medallion” was a lively collection of geometric patterns that paired Persian hand-block printing feel with textures and colors influenced by the Mediterranean.

For more than 20 years

Sandra has designed rich collections of prints, patterns, and weaves for the home furnishing industry and has collaborated with interior decorators, fashion designers, prop artists, and global and U.S. manufacturers.

sandra banava selection of new fabric designs showing tropical leaves flamingos pink and green leaves and butterflies in a painterly modern watercolor style

Editorial Design

Sandra has designed a variety of editorials such as catalogues, periodicals, collaterals, and books for educational and art organizations as well as individuals. She enjoys editorial design and finds it a beautiful and powerful medium in integrating literary and visual arts.

Press and Exhibitions

Sandra's textile designs have been featured in U.S. and Australian publications and her fine art work has been exhibited in San Francisco Bay area galleries including the Fort Mason, San Francisco and online Ūd Gallery.

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