MEET THE ARTIST
Hi! I am Sandra Sala, a graphic designer, and illustrator based in Houston, TX. I was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in central Africa but moved away when I was only 8 years old. Since then, I have lived in 5 different countries on 3 continents. I speak 7 languages and am multicultural, so I try to incorporate that into my art as often as I can.
I received a Bachelor's Degree in Illustration and Graphic Design, and I am passionate about all forms of art. I guess you could say that I am an art lover versed in mixed media, intermediate in photography, and a budding painter.
When I am not engrossed in my newest art project, I am probably being chased by three adorable little humans called Micah, Gabriel, and Dominick. Yes, I am a busy mom of 3 active boys who still finds time to make art in the middle of the night or whenever they are asleep.
I love hanging out with family and friends, but the moments I cherish the most are the weekend drives with my husband and kids, talking and laughing.
In 2017, I started using a bullet journal and sharing my original spreads on social media. After a short while, people started asking me if I made them for sale so the business idea was born, and Kamuanya Designs was made into an art business. I now create custom calligraphy pieces and illustrations. I also run a stationery shop of products featuring my original illustrations that are perfect for any art enthusiasts and planner lovers who like cute images and the occasional funny pun.
Kamuanya is my middle name and according to my uncle, it means "great woman; beautiful princess; one who doesn't do any tasks like other women do; one who doesn't go to the fields, nor to the river to draw water, nor any other task. She is served by others".
I was named after my paternal grandmother who passed away when I was a teenager. I remember thinking even then that I wanted to commemorate her in some way when I got older.
I wanted to create something that would bear her name, and that my dad could be proud of. So I decided then that when I finally made it as an artist, I would name my business after her, and I have held onto the name Kamuanya Designs ever since!