Alex Sandvoss is a 25-year-old self-taught artist from Surrey, B.C.
All her life, she has had an affinity for music and art, as she was constantly surrounded by it in her family of artists and musicians. After high school, she moved to Montréal, where she studied jazz saxophone at McGill University. While she was studying music, she began painting during her free time. Upon graduating from McGill, Sandvoss moved back to B.C., where she spent several months working downtown Vancouver before painting full-time. It was during this time that she became immersed in the Downtown Eastside community, and was inspired to amalgamate her painting skills with her connection to social issues.