Friedemann-Sánchez has had exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, FL; Blue Star Contemporary in San Antonio, TX; Schneider Museum of Art in Ashland, OR; the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, NE; the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, OR; the Museum of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM; El Museo del Barrio in New York, NY; Museo del Arte de Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango in Bogotá, Colombia, among many others.
The artist also has been awarded a Nebraska Arts Council Achievement Award, a Smithsonian Artist Fellowship, a Puffin Foundation grant, a Pollock Krasner grant, a NALAC grant with residencies at Art OMI, Fountainhead, Tamarind Institute, Yaddo, Gasworks Triangle Arts, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and Bronx Museum for the Arts.
Artist Nancy Friedemann- Sánchez was born in Colombia where she earned her BFA from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. She went on to receive her second BFA from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, California and her MFA from New York University.
Informed by feminism and minimalism, her art is influenced by North and South American cultural forms that fuse and cross-pollinate. Speaking through differences and opposites, her practice is a bicultural and trans-cultural experience. Having grown up in Colombia and later migrating to the United States as an adult, Friedemann-Sánchez makes art in two languages as she visually describes the curious and intense experience of relocating to the US while keeping a part of herself rooted in Colombia. Her work is an expression of the hybridity and syncretism of the colonial conquest of the America’s and how this mirrors her own migration experience. Using dazzling, large scale drawings inspired by botanical illustrations, lace samples and images of lace taken from Spanish Colonial painting, Friedemann-Sánchez explores her cultural memory as a result of migrating from her native Colombia while drawing parallels to both political power and gender.
In her current practice, Friedemann-Sánchez is creating a visual novel composed of paintings, sculptures and mixed media that weave a synchronicity of dialogues, passages, punctuation and silences related to hybridity and cultural ownership. With this multi-narrative novel, Friedemann-Sánchez continues to explore cultural memory, migration, and the pursuit of the American dream through the historical lens of Europe and the Americas converging.