Emilio Sanchez "Shaping Light"

Frederico Sève Gallery/latincollector

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"Shaping Light," features thirteen paintings and works on paper completed from the early to mid 1970’s. The Cuban-born American artist developed an early fascination with light and shadow on colored forms, and is celebrated for his architectural geometric abstractions, which are distinguished by their simplified forms.

"Shaping Light" includes a series of works on paper that were influenced by his life in New York City, to where he proudly relocated in 1944 and remained until his death more than five decades later. While the 1960’s made way for a period of significant exploration in abstractionism in the artist’s life, the following ten years marked a time of architectural paintings and works that defines one of the highlights in Sanchez’s oeuvre. The works feature stark white vernacular buildings influenced by international travels and capture strong natural light, a quality that is masterfully represented, while remaining true to characteristics of Latin American geometric abstraction of that era. In the artist’s own words, however, he did not “intentionally mean for [his paintings] to be either abstract or pictures of houses."

[Image: Emilio Sanchez "Untitled (New York on a Sunny Day)" (Undated) colored pencil on paper. Courtesy of Frederico Sève Gallery.]



from September 21, 2011 to January 28, 2012

Opening Reception on 2011-09-21 from 18:00 to 20:00


Emilio Sanchez

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