Sandra Antongiorgi is an accomplished singer, songwriter and painter. Singing and playing guitar from the early age of 5, her inherent musical talent is undeniable. Sandra’s voice is raw, powerful and effortlessly smooth. Born into a musical Puerto Rican family, Sandra’s bilingualism and heritage transcend deeply into her music. She has proven herself to be a unique lyricist, delivering genuinely magnetic performances, which reveal a feast of auditory excellence. Performing with a number of talented musicians from around the world, along the way, Sandra gathered influences from traditional Caribbean sounds, Soul, R&B, Rumba and Gitano music, creating her own expression of a World, Latin, Neo-Soul sound.
In 2001, Sandra had the great privilege of being featured as an opening act for Wynonna Judd at the House of Blues in Chicago. In 2004, Sandra also had a song featured on the “Latin Dragon” movie soundtrack. More recently, she opened for the world-renowned Alfonso Ponticelli at Chicago’s Mayne Stage and Ryley Walker at Thalia Hall. In November of 2016, Sandra had the honor of being Artist-in-Residence at MACLA (Movimiento De Arte y Cultura Latino Americana) located in San Jose, California. While at MACLA, Sandra put on three live concerts at its theater and was a guest at several universities/middle schools where she lectured and performed some of her original music. Sandra is consistently writing music that is rooted in the "sabor" of life, seamlessly creating a brilliant lyrical and melodic synergy. Sandra is currently working in Chicago and New York to finalize the release of her first EP.
Sandra’s Visual Arts career began while living in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood. At the age of 15, she had the rare opportunity to study under illustrious and established muralists and artists. Sandra soon excelled as a visual artist, contributing to scores of murals that have dotted the Chicago cityscape in neighborhoods such as Pilsen, Humboldt Park, Hyde Park, Wicker Park, River West, Bridgeport and South Chicago. Sandra’s work has been showcased in museums and exhibitions throughout the city, including the School of the Art Institute and the National Museum of Mexican Art. As a studio artist, Sandra Antongiorgi draws upon life experiences, power relationships, culture, boundaries, mysticism and spirituality. She is a champion of children's rights and works to expose the damage caused by family violence, incarceration and systematic marginalization. Sandra's work delves deeply into those struggles normally hidden from view. Her surreal imagery is engaging, powerful and thought provoking.
Sandra's passion for arts & education, combined with her dedication to philanthropy, makes her a frequent contributer to community arts projects. She genuinely enjoys involving community members in the arts, specifically the youth. Sandra has used her experiences to create and implement music and art initiatives rooted in diversity and inclusion. Many of these initiatives have served as models for programs at schools and community centers on a national level. Her continued work with Chicago Public Schools and the "After School Matters Program, where she taught mural painting, drawing, studio painting, visual poetry and found object art creation, are all examples of the level of commitmentand connection Sandra has to her community. Sandra recently collaborated with fellow artist, Sam Kirk on one of Pilsen, Chicago's newest murals; "Weaving Cultures". This mural is unique in that it serves to bridge the gap between divided neighborhoods and honors underrepresented women of diverse cultures.