Painter Sandra Fisher was born into a Jewish family in New York, USA on 6 February 1947 and moved to Miami with her family in 1948. She drew and painted from an early age, initially guided by her mother, Ethel Fisher; her sister, Margaret Fisher, is a performance and media artist. Sandra studied minimalist art and sculpture at the Chouinart Art Institute, graduating in 1968, before moving to London in 1971 to pursue a full-time career as a painter. Favouring portraiture, the male and female nude, and depictions of dancers, singers, actors and musicians, from 1975 she began to hire models to sit for her. She exhibited widely and received various commissions including from London Transport to contribute to their Art on the Underground series. In 1972 she was hired by Marlborough Gallery as studio assistant to the painter R.B Kitaj, whom she married in 1983; their son Max was born the following year. In 1985 her work was included in in the survey, Representation Abroad, at the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington DC. Sandra Fisher died of a brain haemorrhage in London, England on 19 September 1994, shortly after the ending of Kitaj’s Tate retrospective. Her work is held in UK collections including the London Transport Museum, Pallant House Gallery and Tate. In 2003 her work was included in a Kitaj exhibition at LA Louver Gallery, Los Angeles, and in 2006 a retrospective entitled An American Abroad: Sandra Fisher and her School of London Friends was held at the New York Studio School.