Sandra C. Fernández was born in Queens, New York, and spent her formative years in Quito, Ecuador. She returned to the United States and received a Master of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts degrees in Photography, Printmaking and Book Arts from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She has taught for over 20 years at various Universities in the United States, including Hunter College in NY, Monmouth University and Seton Hall University in New Jersey, the University of Texas at Austin, the State University of New York at Buffalo, Illinois Wesleyan University, and Illinois State University. She has been the director of the Printmaking Center of New Jersey, the director of the Guest Artist in Printmaking Program at the University of Texas in Austin, the director of Wesleyan University's Gallery in Bloomington, Illinois, and currently the Executive director of Consejo Grafico Nacional. She is also the Owner of sfernandez Art (Press & Taller) where she currently maintains an active studio practice.


Her photographs, prints, artist’s books, assemblages, and installations have been widely exhibited and collected in numerous cities in the US and abroad. Fernandez’s works are represented in public collections such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach California, The San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) in TX, the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin Texas, The Museo de la Casa de la Cultura in Quito Ecuador, the Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University, La Salle University Art Museum in Philadelphia, The Art Museum of South Texas, The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American collection, the Kohler Art Library, and the Biblioteque Nationale in Paris. Her work is also in many private collections including the Gilberto & Dolores Cardenas Collection of Latino Art. 


She has received numerous grants and awards and her work has been reviewed extensively in journals, catalogs, and books throughout the US and abroad.