Irma Sanabria

Irma Sanabria was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico. She studied at the University of Puerto Rico (1972-74) and continued her studies at the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture’s School of Fine Arts where she obtained her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts under the direction of such renowned artists as Antonio Martorell, Fran Cervoni, José R. Alicea, Luis Hernández Cruz and Augusto Marín__among others. She lived in Boston, Massachusetts (1978-87) where, in addition to taking courses at the New England School of Art & Design, she worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for such clients as Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Boston City Hospital, the East West Journal Magazine and the Actor’s Workshop__among others. 

During her sojourn in Boston, the artist’s oeuvre was exhibited extensively at such salons and galleries as the Harriet Tubman House, the Artconsult International Gallery, the Parker Gallery at the Whistler House Museum and The Brush Art Gallery. In 1983 she had her first solo showing at the Meri Goyette Salon des Artistes in Boston’s Meridien Hotel. In 1987 Boston’s WGBH-Channel 2 Educational Foundation dedicated a segment of its “La Plaza” program to her under the lead of “Irma Sanabria, Local Puerto Rican Painter”.

  The artist returned to Puerto Rico in 1987 and worked as a graphic designer for Graf, Inc. until 1998. Thereafter she worked under her own auspices. Among her most outstanding accomplishments as a graphic designer are: the logo for the Puerto Rico Museum of Art (MAPR), the logotype for the San Juan Ballets, the redesign of the magazine Qué Pasa from black-and-white to color, and various design prizes awarded by the Council for Design and Technology, along with those of the Association of Public Relations Professionals__among others. She has worked for such clients as the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, the Boston Center for Latino Arts, the Solid Waste Authority, the PR Telephone Company, and others. As a graphic artist she has also worked for LAT Graphic Design.


Calor Meridiano

Medium: Acrylic / canvas
Size: 10" x 8"
Year: 2012

Campo de Flores

Medium: Acrylic / canvas
Size: 14" x 11"
Year: 2015

Dialogo Interior

Medium: Oil Canvas
Size: 24" x 30"
Year: 2007


Medium: Acrylic / canvas
Size: 20" x 16"
Year: 2014


Selected Exhibitions:

  • 2005-2015 Colectiva de Verano, A. Cueto Gallery
  • 2004-2015 Colectiva de Navidad, A. Cueto Gallery
  • 2005-2012 Colectiva de Navidad, Pamil Fine Art
  • 2010 Exhibición “Aroma del Color, La Selección”, Pamil Fine Art
  • 2008 Expo Arte Colectiva, Pamil Fine Art
  • 2007 Exhibición “Visión de un Lenguaje Abstracto” - Colección “Diálogo”, A. Cueto Gallery
  • 2007 Exhibición 20 Años A. Cueto Gallery
  • 2006 Muestra Nacional de Arte 2005-2006, Programa de Artes Plásticas del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña
  • 2006 Colectiva Obras Recientes, Pamil Fine Art
  • 2005 “artenpamil” Colectiva, Pamil Fine Art
  • 2003 Exhibición “Territorio Profundo”, A. Cueto Gallery
  • 1996 XI Bienal de San Juan del Grabado Latinoamericano y del Caribe Exposición Homenaje “El Portafolios en La Gráfica Puertorriqueña”
  • 1990 The Brush Art Gallery, Lowell MA
  • 1987 WGBH Educational Foundation-Channel 2, Program: “La Plaza” Segment: Irma Sanabria, Local Puerto Rican Painter; Boston MA
  • 1987 Whistler House Museum, Parker Gallery, Lowell MA
  • 1985 Artconsult International Gallery, Boston MA
  • 1983 Individual Show-Meri Goyette’s Salon des Artistes, Meridien Hotel, Boston MA
  • 1981 Harriet Tubman House, Boston MA
  • 1981 Sala de Gráfica Puertorriqueña
  • 1978 New England School of Art & Design-Gallery 28
  • 1978 Galería Coabey
  • 1978 Museo de la Universidad de PR

Private Exhibitions:

  • Museo de Arte, Antropología e Historia de la UPR
  • Glaxo Smith Kline
  • M. Holding Company
  • Reliable Financial