Tomas Sanchez /   Tomás Sánchez

Cuba 1948

Sculpture, Photography, Painting

Tomas Sanchez
Tomás Sánchez
January 14, 2015

Tomás Sánchez is a renowned Cuban artist, and one of the most influential and widely celebrated Cuban painters. Sánchez is best known for his extraordinarily detailed landscapes and paintings of majestic landfills. He was born on May 22, 1948 in Aguada de Pasajeros, Cienfuegos, Cuba and at the age of 16, in 1964, he moved to Havana and began to study painting at the National Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro. In 1966 he interrupted his studies and later, in 1967, moved to the newly founded National Art School (ENA), where he graduated in 1971. In the same year he was awarded the First Prize of Drawing for Young Artists at the National Exhibition of Arts.

From his graduation until 1976, Sánchez remained in the National Art School as engraving professor. In 1975 he won the First Prize in Painting and the First Prize in Lithography at the National Salon of Professors and Instructors of Art in Havana. From 1976 to 1978, Sánchez worked as stage designer at the Teatro de Muñecos (Children’s Theater). In 1980 he won the First Prize at the XIX Edition of the International Prize of Drawing Joan Miró, for his work Desde Las Aguas Blancas, which launched his international career. The following year, he had an exhibition at the Joan Miró Foundation, Centre of Contemporary Art in Barcelona, Spain. Other awards include the National Prize for Painting at Havana Biennial in 1984, Medal of V American Biennial of Graphic Art, Cali, Colombia in 1986 and Honorable Mention at International Painting Biennial in Cuenca, Ecuador in 1987.

Sánchez has participated in numerous individual and collective exhibitions in over 30 countries all across the globe, including Mexico, the United States, Japan, Italy and France. Among his most significant personal exhibitions are Tomás Sánchez, Retrospective at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba in 1985 and Tomás Sánchez, Different Worlds at the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA in 1996. In May 2008, Sánchez celebrated his 60th birthday with a big show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Monterrey Mexico. He currently lives and works between Miami and Costa Rica.

YearExhibition titleGallery/MuseumGroup/Solo
2013Latin BeatAtrium Gallery, St. Louis, MOGroup
2012Latin BeatAtrium Gallery, St. Louis, MOSolo
2011Todo mi Vida, Center for Cultural PluralismUniversity of Vermont, Burlington, VTSolo
2011Tomás SánchezJorge M. Sori Fine Art, Coral Gables, FLSolo
2011Summer Group ExhibitionMarlborough Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2011Ajiaco: Stirrings of the Cuban SoulNewark Museum, Newark, NJGroup
2010Tomás Sánchez in FocusCernuda Arte, Coral Gables, FLSolo
201010 ans dejaMarlborough Monaco, Monte Carlo, MonacoGroup
2009a Conciencia del Testigo (The Witness’s Conscience)Servando Cabrera Moreno Museum- Library, Havana, CubaGroup
2009Works on PaperMarlborough Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2009Summer ExhibitionMarlborough Gallery, New York, NYGroup
200910th Havana Biennal: Integration and Resistance in the Global AgeWilfredo Lam Contemporary Art Center, Havana, CubaGroup
2008Tomás SánchezMuseo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Monterrey, MexicoSolo
2008Unbroken Ties: Dialogues in Cuban ArtMuseum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FLGroup
2008Group ShowMarlborough Monaco, Monte Carlo, MonacoGroup
2008Latin American ArtMarlborough Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2008Surrounded by Water: Expressions of Freedom and Isolation in Contemporary Cuban ArtBoston University Art Gallery, Boston, MAGroup
2007Summer ExhibitionMarlborough Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2006Unbroken Ties–Dialogues in Cuban ArtMolaa Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CAGroup
2005Tomás SánchezMarlborough Gallery, New YorkSolo
2005Landscape, CityscapeMarlborough Gallery, New YorkGroup
2005Works on PaperMarlborough Gallery, New YorkGroup
2004Images of Time and Place: Contemporary Views of LandscapeLehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, New YorkGroup
2003Tomás Sánchez: Works on PaperMarlborough Gallery, New YorkSolo
2001Tomás Sánchez: Recent WorksFIAC, Paris, FranceSolo
2001Arte de las Americas. Colecciones en Costa RicaMuseo de Arte Costariccense, San José, Costa RicaGroup
2000Grandi Artisti alla Fabbrica San Giorgio, Albisola 1958-2000Spazio Espositivo del Comune di Badalucco, Imperia, ItalyGroup
1999Tomás Sánchez: New Paintings and DrawingsMarlborough Gallery, New YorkSolo
1999Alter Ego. Exposición InaugeralPaula Lama Gallery, Santo Domingo, Dominican RepublicGroup
1998Forma y Figuración: obras maestras de la colección Blake-PurnellMuseo Guggenheim, Bilbao, SpainGroup
1997Tomas Sanchez – Works on PaperJorge M. Sorí Fine Art, Coral Gables, FloridaSolo
1997Loin de CubaMusée de Tapisseries, Aik-en-Provence, FranceGroup
1997Botero, Lam, Matta and SánchezJorge Sorí Fine Art, Coral Gables, Florida, USAGroup
1996Tomás Sánchez: Different WorldsMuseum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale, FloridaSolo
1996Estampas cubanas de tres siglosMuseo Nacional de Colombia, Bogota, ColombiaGroup
1995Tomás Sánchez Recent WorksWeiss-Sorí Fine Art, Coral Gables, FloridaSolo
1995El Tema Histórico en la Pintura CubanaNational Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, CubaGroup
1994Tomás Sánchez PaintingsGalería PEMEX, Mexico City, MexicoSolo
1994Cuban Artists of the Twentieth CenturyMuseum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale, FloridaGroup
1993Tomás Sánchez, Andrés Puig – From Cuba to Cuba: Art as a BridgeCuban Museum of Art and Culture, Miami, FloridaSolo
1993Exposición Arte Cubano. Pasado y Presente Obra ImportanteGary Nader Fine Art, Coral Gables, Florida, USAGroup
1992Color de CubaPabellón de las Artes, Exposición Universal Sevilla 92, Seville, SpainGroup
1991Los cubanos llegaron ya, NinartCentro de Cultura, Mexico City, MexicoGroup
1990Latin American MastersGallery Bernheim, Panama City, PanamaGroup
1989Fifteen works by Tomás SánchezGalería Arvil, Mexico City, MexicoSolo
1989III Bienal de la HabanaHavana, CubaGroup
1988Landscapes of Tomás SánchezGalería Expoarte, Panama City, PanamaSolo
1988Cuban PaintingsJaime Guash Foundation, Madrid, SpainGroup
1987Relaciones de Tomás SánchezCentro Provicial de Artes Plásticas y Diseño, Havana, CubaSolo
1987I International Biennial of PaintingCuenca, EcuadorGroup
1986Tomás Sánchez PaintingsGalería Quintero, Barranquilla, ColombiaSolo
1986Young Cuban ArtistsBuenos Aires, ArgentinaGroup
1985Tomás Sánchez RetrospectiveNational Museum of Fine Art, Havana, CubaSolo
1985XVIII Bienal de São PauloParque Ibirapuera, São Paulo, BrazilGroup
19847 artistas cubanos contemporáneosZala Rakovski 125, Sofia, BulgariaGroup
1983Tomás Sánchez DrawingsUnion of Visual Artists of Moscow, USSRSolo
1983Encuentro de Jóvenes Artistas Latinoamericanos y CaribeñosCasa de las Americas, Havana, CubaGroup
1982Otra manera de contra nuestra historiaHabana Gallery, Havana, CubaGroup
1981Tomás Sánchez DrawingsJoan Miró Foundation, Barcelona, SpainSolo
1981Volumen ICentro de Arte Internacional, Havana, CubaGroup
1980Paisajes y muñecos de Tomás SánchezTaller de Cerámica, Parque Lenin, Havana, CubaSolo
1980II Salón de Paisaje de la Brigada Hermanos Saíz y Artistas InvitadosGalería Amelia Peláez, Parque Lenin, Havana, CubaGroup
1979Tomás Sánchez LandscapesGalería de arte Galiano y Concordia, Havana, CubaSolo
1979Témperas de Tomás SánchezHouse of Culture, Havana, CubaSolo
1979Jóvenes plásticos cubanosGalería de la Habana, Havana, CubaGroup
1978Nueve versions, un temaGaliano y Concordia Galería de Arte, Havana, Cuba, AugustGroup
1976Grabados cubanos contemporáneosStockholm, SwedenGroup
1975Triennial of India 1975Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhaven, New Delhi, IndiaGroup
1974Pinturas y Grabados de Tomás SánchezGalería L, Havana, CubaSolo
1973Salón Nacional de GrabadoGalería Oriente, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.Group
1972II Salón Nacional Juvenil de Artes PlásticasNational Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, CubaGroup
1971Salón Nacional para Artistas Jóvenes. Escultura, pintura, grabado, dibujo y diseñoNational Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, CubaGroup
1970Exposición de dibujos y temperasGalería L, Havana, CubaGroup