Her lifelong interest in travel and anthropology (M.A., University of the Americas) has taken Sandra on a worldwide journey exploring the human condition. Her insightful and inspiring photography highlights both the beauty of nature and the awesome constructs of man that define the world we inhabit.
Her masterful use of light creates contrast that attracts the viewer to the power of the image, whether in black and white or color, by transforming seemingly everyday objects and situations into extraordinary ones.
Ms. Belitza-Vazquez has participated in over 25 solo and juried group exhibits in Mexico and New York, and has won 13 awards including several First Prizes from the Orange County (NY) Council on the Arts and national competitions in Mexico. In April 2017, she received her most recent Award of Excellence in Manhattan Arts International “HERStory 2017 Art Exhibition” competition that received more than 1,000 jpeg entries from more than 300 women artists around the world. Three prior Awards of Excellence in international annual competitions sponsored by Manhattan Arts International, including one for the “Healing Power of Art” competition in 2012, were awarded to Ms. Belitza-Vazquez. Before Manhattan Arts International became an online art gallery in 1999, it was an international magazine and her black and white photograph entitled “Stairway to Heaven” received the Black and White Profile Award and was featured on a full page in the summer edition of the printed magazine.
Currently, a group of her “Door” series photographs are on view at the RiverWinds Gallery in Beacon, New York.
Sandra has self-published many books of her photography including one documenting the Huei Atlixcayotl yearly dance festival in Puebla, Mexico, and her series of the Doors, Windows and Balconies of the world. Photographs of her travels throughout Mexico, and in France, Spain, Tanzania, Egypt, Jordan and Peru have also been self-published. Her photographs are in several private and public collections, including the National Museum of Anthropology and History in Mexico City, the University of the Americas, Puebla, Mexico, the University of Guanajuato, Mexico, and the Literacy Assistance Center in NYC.