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Born in Colorado Springs in 1969, Sanford Wakeman moved to Greenville,
South Carolina before the end of his first year. A close family and the
youthful experience of a small town helped nurture Sanford through his
teens. Although a small city, Greenville was large enough to offer him the
opportunity to study printmaking and drawing at the Greenville Fine Arts
Center, where Sanford also developed an early interest in photography.
Scenes of graffiti and buildings in disrepair were the subjects of many of his
early works. The conjunction of form and color in these urban images would
have a significant influence over his later creative expressions as well.
Sanford’s unique, boldly abstract portfolio gained him entrance into the Fine
Arts program at the University of Georgia. He continued drawing and added
painting and sculpture to his repertoire as well. During this time, Sanford had
the opportunity to return to Colorado and live in the Rockies. This solitary
immersion in nature, as well as the difficult death of his grandfather, greatly
shifted his life-perspective, and caused him to choose art as his full-time
Upon graduating, Sanford worked the night shift at a packaging plant. Amidst
all the functioning machinery, he tapped into a surreal sense of vitality – a life
and spirituality within the non-living. In his artwork, Sanford began to simulate
that mechanistic organism living within the inanimate world. When Sanford
earned entrance to the Savannah College of Art and Design, he concentrated
on color theory and drawing. His education at this prestigious institution lent
maturity and individuality to his artwork. Equally important to his artistic
growth were his impressions of and interactions with the city’s culture. Just
as the production plant had contained myriad mechanisms working both with
and against one another, Savannah was full of cultural and aesthetic
contrasts. As a result, Sanford’s compositions became saturated with
Following graduation, Sanford moved to the urban center of Atlanta. In the
regenerated structures of the city’s warehouse loft neighborhood, he found
the ghosts of so much hidden history. An acute sensitivity to the crumbled
past became a recurrent theme in his art. On a recent trip to Spain, Sanford
discovered similar creative fuel. Exposed to that country’s artistic traditions
as well as its contemporary expressions, he was once again inspired by
contrasting art forms vying for space within the same culture.
Sanford has exhibited his work for several years across the United States.
Click on the images to the right to see the enlarged version of Sanford
Wakeman's art work.