Emilio Sanchez

Emilio Sanchez (1921 – 1999) Cuban

He has has more than 50 one-man shows and more than 50 group showings of his works, mainly in the New York are
Emilio Sanchez, Painter and Printmaker. Born in 1921 in Camaguey, died in 1999 in New York City. In the 1930s, he traveled to New York and studied painting and printmaking at the Art Students League.
In 1960 his work became more significantly more abstract. Though always maintaining a strong sense of naturalism.
Throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s he further explored architectural themes by traveling to countries around the mediterranean.
He has has more than 50 one-man shows and more than 50 group showings of his works, mainly in the New York area where he made his permanent residence. Early works display brilliant sunny and tropical elements of his native land and people of the region in very simplistic and almost native a where he made his permanent residence. Early works display brilliant sunny and tropical elements of his native land and people of the region in very simplistic and almost naive approach to detail. His later works are an austere but vibrant portrayal of buildings in which great emphasis is made to contrasting verticals and horizontals of doors and widows in light hues with deep blue skies and backgounds in a sense of tranquil reality in which time stands still.
He is represented in the permanent collections of: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY;New York Public Library, NY; Chase Manhattan Bank, Washington, D.C.; National Gallery, Washington, D.C.; also at the Hirshhorn Museum, Corcoran Gallery, Rosenwald Collection at the National Gallery of Art, National Museum of Art, Havana, Cuba, Museum of Modern Art, Bogota, La Tertulia Museum in Cali, National Gallery of Art, Canberra, Australia.. However, it was in Cuba that he became fascinated with the play of light and shadow on colored forms that became a dominant characteristic of his works. His early works of the 1950s are stylized and figurative depicting themes such as portraits of friends and models, views of New York and tropical landscapes.
In the 1960s his works became significantly more abstract, though always maintaining a strong sense of naturalism. It is during this decade that his work matured into an individual vision and when he began to develop his well-known paintings of houses and architectural themes. These architectural works stand out for their simplified forms where all superfluous details are eliminated. Stripped down to their essence these structures acquire universal meaning. Here he captured the effect of light on color making it vibrant. Despite the fact that his buildings are often devoid of visible inhabitants, they hold a strong living presence of their own.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s he further explored architectural themes by traveling to countries around the Mediterranean. For example in Morocco he was impressed by the stark white vernacular buildings. He also produced streamlined geometric views of New York skyscrapers. These architectural works probably come closest to the works of Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe and Charles Sheeler in their abstracted stillness of the built environment. In addition to the architectural works Sanchez explored a variety of themes selected for their strong compositional value such as still lifes of fruits and flowers, sailboats, clotheslines and sunsets over the Hudson River. Different from his linear renderings of buildings these other works demonstrate his versatility in painting looser amorphous forms. In the 1990s Sanchez’s attention focused more on New York urban scenes of storefronts, garages and skyscrapers.
An artist with an independent voice and international acclaim, Sanchez has had over sixty solo exhibitions and has been included in numerous group shows in museums and galleries in the United States, Latin America and Europe. His art is well represented in private and public collections including over thirty museums like the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He has also received prestigious awards as first prize at the 1974 Biennial in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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