Born 1988, Cape Town, South Africa.

Lives and works in Chicago, IL, and Cape Town.


2020 MFA Fine Arts

         Department of Visual Arts, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, US

2016 BA Fine Art (Hons)

         The Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, ZA

Solo + Two-person Exhibitions

2022 Benjamin Harle & Gabrielle Sanson, Roommate (RADAR), Chicago, IL, US

2019 No Show, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago, IL, US

Group Exhibitions

2022 EXPO Chicago, with The University of Chicago, Department of Visual Arts, Chicago, IL, US

2020 NADA Chicago, with Apparatus Projects, Chicago, IL, US

         An epilogue, Apparatus Projects, Chicago, IL, US

2019 Direct Sunlight, LVL3, Chicago IL, US

         Borderline Tests, 2439 South Oakley Avenue, Chicago, IL, US

2018 Images of Displacement, District Six Museum Homecoming Centre, Cape Town, ZA

2017 A Painting Today, STEVENSON, Cape Town, ZA

2015 Collective Noun, The Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town, ZA

         Lunchbox, The Eye, Cape Town, ZA


2018 Division of The Humanities Tuition Scholarship (2018-2020), The University of Chicago, IL, US

         Scholarship for Postgraduate International Study (2018-2020), Oppenheimer Memorial Trust, ZA

2016 Judy Steinberg Painting Prize, University of Cape Town, ZA


2021 Visual Arts Teaching Fellowship ('21-'22), The Department of Visual Arts, The University of Chicago,

        Chicago, IL, US

Public Events

2022 (Upcoming) Panel Discussion: Teaching in the Arts Symposium, The University of Chicago,

        Chicago, IL, US



2019 Exhibition text, Tensions Unfold, for “Down Time: On the Art of Retreat”, SMART Museum,

        Chicago, IL, US


Jad Dahshan, “Gabrielle Sanson on Tensions Unfold”, SMART Museum of Art, November 2019