This painting, a portrait of the artist's wife, explores notions of chastity and sensuality. The warm color scheme represents heat, or "caliente," which in Cuba means "turned on." Draped over her shoulders, the subject wears a shawl—which signifies chastity in the historical art canon. Yet the garment reveals her chest in an inviting way. At the same time, the figure wears a necklace with a pendant of the Virgin of Guadalupe that represents the sacredness and innocence of the subject. In the immediate background there is an oxidated lock, or "yale" in Spanish, to a door—symbolic of self-restraint. The figure looks intensely at the viewer with deep loving eyes.
This painting explores how proximity and union, ever-present aspects of Cuban society, inform notions of solitude and intimacy. This composition depicts a mundane event, an everyday scene of island life—a snapshot where the distractions of urban life are minimized, bringing the viewer's attention to the present moment.
Sanchez's oil portrait paintings, carefully rendered with classical technique, focus on Cuban current events and politics. The artist's use of realism produces “an authentic and inescapable illusion of existence” that brings the viewer into a close relationship with Sanchez's subjects—the artist's fiancée, family, friends and acquaintances. These figures embody the warm-yet-stoic nature of Cuban culture that has changed little over time; each figure is a reminder to the world of what has been lost. Sanchez excels at creating scenes of togetherness and social unity.
Gabriel Sanchez’s oil portrait paintings examine Cuban current events and politics. The artist employs a classical technique, achieving a realism that brings viewers into a close relationship with his paintings’ subjects. Sanchez creates scenes of togetherness and social unity populated by figures drawn from his own life—characters that serve as exemplars of the warm yet stoic nature of Cuban culture.
Gabriel Sanchez was born in Miami, Florida in 1993. The Cuban-American artist received a BFA at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Solo exhibitions of Sanchez’s work include Remote Generation at Lora Schlesinger Gallery in Santa Monica, California (2019).
Group exhibitions that have shown Sanchez’s work include: Stay with me at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California; Figures at Lora Schlesinger Gallery in Los Angeles, California; Tiny Visions at Hive Gallery in Los Angeles, California; Synchronicity at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado; Take Me Back to November at 1015 Pearl St in Boulder, Colorado; Where We Stand at the Visual Arts Complex in Boulder, Colorado; Artmix at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Boulder, Colorado; Something that Means Something at Madelife in Boulder, Colorado; and Kings Exhibition at the Visual Arts Complex in Boulder, Colorado.
Sanchez splits his time between Colorado and Cuba.
This painting, a portrait of the artist's wife, explores notions of sensuality. The subject wears a shawl, signifying chastity; yet the warm color scheme represents heat, or "caliente"—which means "turned on" in Cuban. Likewise, the title refers to the locked door in the background—symbolic of self-restraint.More