Tomás Sánchez

Artist (Cuba)
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Tomás Sánchez is a Cuban painter. Best known for his detailed and idealized nature scenes, his work is characterized by its contemporary interpretation of landscape painting. Sánchez manages to depict the sociopolitical landscape of Cuba through his intricately rendered waterfalls, islands, and plant life, exploring issues of globalization and spirituality in the face of overwhelming change. His paintings are Surrealist and symbolic, with his style often compared to the work of Caspar David Friedrich and the Hudson River School. Sánchez’s landscapes are always pristine and devoid of human presence, giving his work an otherworldly quality, as seen in expansive landscapes such as Orilla En La Noche Clara (1993). Born in Aguada de Pasajeros, Cuba on May 22, 1948, he went on to study at the National Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro and the National Art School between 1964 and 1971. Sánchez quickly rose to prominence in the international art world, receiving the Joan Miró Prize in 1980 and the Amelia Peláez Award in 1984 for his work in Havana’s first Biennial. His work has been exhibited at the National Museum of Fine Art in Havana, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, and the Galería Expoarte in Panama City, among others.