Luis Sanchez is an artist who is not limited to any one genre, rather, he is a master of many. Atrue Renaissance man, he excels at figurative and abstract painting, found object mixed-mediawork, delicate shadowboxes, bronze figurative sculpture, murals, and has even designed a lineof artful ceramic clocks.
Born in 1968, Luis lived the first ten years of his life in Mexico City with his family (a Cuban bornfather who was also a fine artist, a Mexican Lebanese mother, and an older brother and sister.)It seems art was always his destiny, as his mother had very strong dreams and visions of him asa sculptor during her pregnancy, and in fact wanted to name him Michelangelo. Thankfully, hisfather intervened, but her premonition was in fact, accurate.
Luis is best known for his realistic paintings of beautiful subjects (his friends) set in somewhatsurreal circumstances, painted on his signature highly-textured canvases that resembledegraded stucco. This re-creation of the walls he remembers from his childhood in Mexico Citygives his work a most unusual quality – melding the ancient past with present day fashionableparticipants, and a question about what the future holds in the mysterious scenes he paints. Hisusually large works are mesmerizing examples of trompe l'oeil, leaving viewers with theimpression that he has used photography, collage, or other techniques, when he has onlydexterously used the brush.
The Sanchez family immigrated to the United States in 1979, and after graduating from highschool in 1987, Luis attended Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. But after a lifetime ofchronic kidney disease and years of dialysis, Luis was forced to drop out of school to receive akidney transplant in 1993. Unable to return to school, Luis focused on refining his drawingtechniques, and began painting from his bed. He learned the subtleties of human anatomy through books, sometimes sketching for up to twelve hours a day. "My transplant was a rebirth.It is difficult to explain, but it certainly put life, everyone in it, and everything, in crystal clearperspective." His work emanates the energy, discipline, and drive of someone who has gotten athird chance, and now lives life to the fullest, continually creating. Luis had a second successfulkidney transplant in 2011, which continues to enrich his life, with an innate positive attitude thatis certainly inspiring and infectious.
Recently, his mother's intuition ignited something new to emerge. A seemingly randomcomment, "You should stop painting and focus on sculpture," struck a nerve in the artist, whohad been contemplating this himself. Instinctually knowing it to be the correct move, heembarked upon a new journey, and has since created a completely original body of complexfigurative work in bronze. "The New Alchemy" is a series that is inspired in part by the IndustrialRevolution, and in part highlights the powerful machine of mankind itself. Of course hecontinues to paint and preparing for two original collections on canvas, murals around the cityand a new line of hand-painted clothing online store.