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Emilio Sanchez


Born in Camaguey, Cuba, in 1921, Emilio Sanchez’s evolution as an artist began with his childhood experiences of the Caribbean landscape and his choice at an early age to become an artist.  Subsequent moves to the United States and Mexico in his youth continued to provide fertile ground for his creative and intellectual development.  As a young man Sanchez attended Yale University briefly and the University of Virginia (1939-1943), but he began his formal artistic training in 1944 at the Art Students League in New York City.  With solo shows in New York in 1949 and 1951, in Mexico City in 1951, and acquisitions of his artwork to the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the 1960’s, Sanchez was quickly on his way to establishing his 50-year career as a professional visual artist working in oils, watercolors, pencil and ink drawings, and printmaking.  

An artist with an independent voice and international acclaim, Sanchez had over sixty solo exhibitions and has been included in numerous group shows in museums and galleries in the United States, Latin America, and Europe.  

His art is well represented in private and public collections including (among many others) the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogotá, Colombia;  National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia; Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX; and Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, PA.