Erick Sanchez
Medium: Mixed Media and Painting

Studio Location:
610 Smith Street
Studio # 1M

Phone: 718-207-1184



Artist Bio:
Erick Sanchez is a painter living and working in New York City. He was born in 1973 in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

In 1996, Sanchez emerged as a self-taught artist after helping a friend paint a mural. In 2002, he enrolled in The San Juan Art Students League in Puerto Rico, studying with Luis Ivorra and Rafael Rivera Ortiz. Sanchez decision to study at The Art Students League of New York's intensive program in Summer 2005 was the impetus for great artistic growth. In 2008, Sanchez relocated from his native Puerto Rico to New York, re-enrolling at the ASL. Within a year, he was awarded a study scholarship with the artist/instructor Bruce Dorfman.

Sanchez's artwork is in the permanent collection of The Tucson Museum of Art and The Art Students League of New York. His various awards include Artist in the Marketplace Program at the Bronx Museum of Art, Curate NYC 2011 Program, The Ruth Katzman Scholarship, The Fantasy Fountain Painting Grant, The Joan M. Rosenberg Memorial Scholarship, and The Jean Gates Foundation Painting Award in New York. His artist residencies include The Ruth Katzman Vytlacil Residency in Sparkill, NY and The Marchutz Residency Summer 2011 Program at the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, France. His solo shows include " Genesis: Creation and Decadence" in SMV Gallery, NYC, "I will Show you fear in a handful of dust" at the Wagner Gallery in New York University, NYC; "Dangerous Land" at the 2011 Governors Island Art Fair in New York; "The Journey: Point of No Return" at The Museum of The Americas in Puerto Rico; "Alternate Routes" at Rhode Island University, Providence Campus; and "Esencia" at The San Juan Museum, San Juan Bautista Gallery in Puerto Rico. His selected group shows include The 3rd Bronx Latin American Art Biennial, Gordon Parks Gallery, College of New Rochelle Annex, Bronx, NY; Paralelos Imposibles: Sanchez - Edwards, Abrazo Interno Gallery, New York, NY; Curate NYC 2011 ??? Art at Bay Gallery, Staten Island, NY; "Glimpse: Enigmatic Visions" at William Bennett Gallery in SoHo, NY; "Di??logo 365", Ice Box Gallery at the Crane Arts Building in Philadelphia; Ivan Loboguerrero/Alejandro de Narvaez/Erick S??nchez: Recent Works, Jorge Sori Fine Art, FL; "Malescapes: Tria", The Suchman-Bart-Metheny Gallery, New York, NY; and MOLAA Awards and Auction 08 at The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California. Some consider Erick Sanchez to be at the forefront of redefining 21st-century contemporary landscape painting.

Artist Statement:
The medium to large scale abstract paintings and installations that compose the series "Dangerous Lands" are my response to environmental and social worldwide contemporary issues. This body of work suggests an unstable land in danger of disappearing. It is intended to trigger introspection and to create awareness about the consequences of global warming, globalization and other consequences of human behavior and the concomitant natural disasters which extinguish life and nature.

We haven't seen anything yet. This will be the new beginning for life on Earth. Theologists call it the Apocalypse; the Rapture. I call it destiny. In this ongoing project, I make reference to Biblical passages, classical literature, modern poetry, and other literary works as they influence my art. The materials I'm using in this series of paintings and installations are liquid and powder pigments in raw, various acrylic mediums, emulsion, carbon, recycled rubber and glass, urethane and stainless steel among many others.

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