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I start each new painting with no road map, no source material, and steer clear of any conscious intent or preliminary subject. Through my process of automatic mark making, drawing, and painting, imagery emerges and is developed or edited. I leave traces of my dialogue with the canvas, while ultimately investigating issues of creation and challenging the presumption of free will. Working this way each painting takes on a life and a struggle of its own, becoming a conceptual puzzle to be solved both formally and psychologically for myself and the viewer.

“Sarah Sagarin’s paintings are informed by such varied influences as  Surrealism, German Expressionism, American Regionalism, and Baroque painting. She approaches her work from a formal aspect, with process and problems of composition being the emphasis, and avoiding “concept” for as long as possible. However despite her back door approach, the content of her paintings is rich and far reaching, expanding well beyond the boundaries of formalistic concerns. The narrative and subject matter of each painting remains somewhat allusive, yet Sarah pushes the door open just enough to give the viewer space to walk through and explore, should they choose to. Though each painting is it’s own world, and the subject matter varies from the geo-political to the deeply personal, they are unified by Sarah’s self imposed structures of process and palette, and thus create a cohesive body of work. In each painting she is striving to find the tension between composition, concept, and context."


Sarah’s paintings have been exhibited extensively in New York and she has shown nationally and internationally, twice exhibiting with HPGRP gallery in Osaka, Japan. In 2017 she was included in The Bronx Museum of the Arts’ AIM Fellowship program and her work was exhibited in the museum's Biennial. She had several exhibitions in 2018 including, notably, a five person show at Pen & Brush featuring the work of emerging female painters.  Sarah has upcoming exhibits slated for 2019, including Brush Coat Cover: 2019 Wheaton Biennial at the Beard and Weil Galleries at Wheaton College, and a solo show at RL Fine Art in Chelsea. Her paintings are housed in several private and public collections, including the University of Montana’s permanent collection. Sarah is the Director and a founding member of the South Bronx Independent Artists Coalition which hosts the annual South Bronx Open Studio Tour. She lives in Harlem with her husband and son.

Sarah was born in New York City in 1976.



MFA New York Academy of Art 2003 Emphasis in Painting

BFA University of Montana 2000 Dual emphasis in Painting and Ceramics

Lorenzo de Medici Art Institute, Florence, Italy 1998 Painting and Art History


Director and Founding Member of the South Bronx Independent Artists Coalition,

a not for profit organization which works towards broadening and connecting our community. We unite, support, and promote South Bronx Artists with events and programming throughout the year.



Recent Awards and Residencies

2018 Chashama, ChaNorth Summer Residency, Pine Plains, NY

2017 Artist in Residence, Con Artist Collective, Lower East Side, NYC 

2016 Artist in Residence, Joya: Arte + Ecología Vélez Blanco, Spain

          AIM Fellowship, Bronx Museum of the Arts


Solo Exhibitions

2020 RL Fine Arts, NYC (Upcoming) 

2017 Happenstance has changed my plans Governor's Island Art Fair/ 4heads Governors Island, NY

2015 Inherently Flawed; Disasters in the Making La Casa Gallery, Harlem, NYC


Selected Recent Group Exhibitions

2020 Realism, Reality, and Surreality, BronxArtSpace, Bronx NY

2019 Wheaton Biennial: Brush Coat Cover, Beard and Weil Galleries at Wheaton College, Norton, MA

          Hellgate Arts, Bronx NY

          Feels Like a New Beginning, Chashama, One Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn NY

2018 Angst & Contempt; New Painting (5 person exhibition) Pen & Brush, NYC

          Winter Residents Con Artists Collective, NYC

          South Bronx Artists 37 Bruckner, Bronx NY 

2017  HPGRP Gallery, Osaka, Japan

          Bronx Calling: AIM Biennial Bronx Museum of the Arts 

2016 Flesh & Bone II, Hillyer Art Space, Washington DC

          Osaka Art Fair, Osaka Japan (In partnership with HPGRP NYC)

          T.O.A.S.T One Art Space, TriBeCa, NYC

2015 XM Gallery, Crossmedia, Chelsea, NYC

          Black and White; Art Imagined in High Contrast, One Art Space, TriBeCa, NYC

          Deck the Walls, New York Academy of Art, TriBeCa, NYC

2014 Summer Salon, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2013 Think Inside the Box, 58 Lispenard Gallery, TriBeCa, NYC 

2011 TriBeCa Ball, New York Academy of Art, TriBeCa, NYC 

2008 Salon de Refuses, Freddy's Bar, Brooklyn, NY

2007 Everyday Objects in Art; Works from the Permanent Collection, Montana Museum of Art and Culture, Missoula, MT

          Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT

          Footprints, Grand Space, Brooklyn, NY


Panel Discussions and Artist Talks

2018  Angst & Contempt; New Painting, Pen & Brush, Moderated by Rahsaan Gandy,

2020  Realism, Reality, and Surreality, BronxArtSpace, Bronx NY


Reviews and Press


Editors’ Picks: 13 Things to See in New York This Week


The Feminist Art Project

Exhibition - "Angst and Contempt: New Painting"\


Mott Haven Herald

First South Bronx Open Studio tour shows off local talent



Washington Post

In the galleries: Bodies that are more than flesh and bone



Inherently Flawed; Disasters in the Making

Review by Julie Condon



The New York Times 

An Exhibition Notable for What’s Not There By Paul Berger 



The New York Observer 

Atlantic Yards Without the Controversy By Matthew Scherman



NY Arts Magazine 

Imagined Interiors Review by Jennifer Wroblewski



The Brooklyn Paper 

Images the Brooklyn Public Library Doesn’t Want You to See