Meet Luis, maker and artist
Luis Sanchez is an artist who is not limited to any one genre, rather, he is a master of many. A true Renaissance man, he excels at figurative and abstract painting, found object mixed-media work, delicate shadow boxes, bronze figurative sculpture, murals, apparel, and has even designed a line of artful ceramic clocks.
Read his story below
and enjoy Keep It Zen an online art show by Luis Sanchez that closes on May 31
How’d you get your start?
I’ve been an artist my whole life, my father was an amazing artist, a muralist and I certainly inherited his talent. I’ve been painting since I was a little kid. I started going to art school when I was seven years old, so my parents definitely encouraged me and molded me. I knew I was going to be an artist since I was a little kid so they saw that. But my career really started 25 years ago when I dove in professionally to the art world.
What’s your workspace like? What’s a typical day like?
I have a ritual of waking up and taking it slow either exercising or reading. I often don’t have that much time to read, so I’ll read something or have my coffee and breakfast, but I don’t look at the news, I don’t open emails. I look over my notes for the day, I prioritize things , what has to be done first because I usually work on three or four projects at the same time.
Then I work, and I take breaks and, if I can, I go out for a walk or ride my bike then come back and hit it again.
On becoming an artist: “So [my father] said if you learn to make your canvases and your frames first, you can do many different things and you’ll save a lot of money that you can put into other things, like food, and rent, and survival.”
What holds more value for you: creativity or knowledge?
I think they go hand in hand. I’ve traveled a lot. Other cultures and learning about other artists, that’s inspirational, and you learn a lot, so I think the more you learn the more you can create - you have more to feed off. I’m a Gemini, so I love knowledge and I love learning - if something interests me, I have to go out and find out every single thing about it... so yeah, they go hand in hand.
When you can get out and about what are your favorite things to do?
I love being in nature. I love hiking alone because it’s kind of my reset button. I don’t even like hearing my own voice, I just like hearing nature, birds, the wind, the creek, water. We hear so much clutter all the time, and I’m so busy that I'm able to disconnect when I go hiking. Dancing is another thing. My father was a professional dancer, so I inherited that too. I dance in my studio almost every day.
“To me there’s nothing worse than seeing a beautiful painting with no frame and the sides of the canvas are blank. That, to me, ruins the entire piece because it’s not finished. If you’re not going to put a frame on then finish the sides.”
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
My own galaxy far, far away, but here it’s fun. I often think about that. I feel if you’re living [here] at this time there is a purpose, there’s a reason and there’s a huge lesson in what’s going on for everybody. It’s an exciting time, so for now, I’m happy here, but If I could go anywhere, yeah, outside to another galaxy, to another realm to let the adventure and experiences continue.