Sandra Tenconi was born in 1937 in Varese, in northern Italy. She studied in Milan, at Brera Academy, taught by Aldo Carpi and Domenico Cantatore. Since 1977 she lives in Pavia. Her first personal exhibition was in 1960 in Varese, introduced by Dante Isella.
Sandra loves painting en plein air, or from sketches made on the spot. Nature is her favourite subject: mountains, trees, sunsets, waterfalls; neglected logs, flowers, pumpkins. And human shapes and faces, and lastly her Teddy bears.
Sandra's work has been ascribed to the trend of Lombard Naturalism, whose best known exponents are Morlotti and Mattioli. Her reference models go surely further in time and space: Graham Sutherland, and then Turner and Goya.
Sandra likes acrylic better than oil colors; she has been working intensely with pastel, even on relatively large sheets; more rarely with watercolors. She draws a lot, with charcoal and Conté pencil. In the past she produced many lithographs, most of them commissioned by Olivetti'.
Sandra loves Teddy bears and klezmer music (but also the classics: Mozart, Franck, Rachmaninoff especially).