Erick Sánchez is a painter living and working in New York City. He was born in 1973 in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Sánchez’s artwork is in the permanent collection of The Tucson Museum of Art. His various awards include Artist in the Marketplace Program at the Bronx Museum of Art, Curate NYC 2011 Program, The Ruth Katzman Scholarship, The Fantasy Fountain Painting Grant, The Joan M. Rosenberg Memorial Scholarship, and The Jean Gates Foundation Painting Award in New York. His artist residencies include The Ruth Katzman Vytlacil Residency in Sparkill, NY and The Marchutz Residency Summer 2011 Program at the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, France. His solo shows include “Dangerous Land” at the 2011 Governors Island Art Fair in New York; “The Journey: Point of No Return” at The Museum of The Americas in Puerto Rico; “Alternate Routes” at Rhode Island University, Providence Campus; and “Esencia” at The San Juan Museum, San Juan Bautista Gallery in Puerto Rico. His selected group shows include Paralelos Imposibles: Sánchez – Edwards, Abrazo Interno Gallery, New York, NY; Curate NYC 2011 – Art at Bay Gallery, Staten Island, NY; “Glimpse: Enigmatic Visions” at William Bennett Gallery in SoHo, NY; “Diálogo 365”, Ice Box Gallery at the Crane Arts Building in Philadelphia; Ivan Loboguerrero/Alejandro de Narvaez/Erick Sánchez: Recent Works, Jorge Sori Fine Art, FL; “Malescapes: Tria”, The Suchman-Bart-Metheny Gallery, New York, NY.
In the new series of heavily textured large format paintings and installations entitled Genesis: Creation & Decadence, I invite the viewer to share a vision of the Genesis, the time of sacred beginnings. A series firmly grounded on abstract expression, it is an attempt to reveal what is immemorial. A significant aspect of the Genesis series is the bold use of colors, which until now had been relegated to a monochromatic palette in combination with the frequent use of earth and ochre tones. Feverishly traced and embedded in layers of mineral pigments, the deep marks are like calligraphic scars. The diffused placement of biblical verses is a recurrent motif that adds to the scriptural tone of the series. The use of high contrast draws attention to the paired allegories prevalent throughout the Bible: good and evil, sacred and profane, love and hate, light and darkness – creation and decadence. The complex list of materials, often reads closer to that of a chemist. It is for this reason that this work is akin to that of an alchemist exploring the binding of pigments and minerals in novel combinations. It has often been said that every true artist seeks to replicate the Act of Creation through their work. Undaunted by the ambitious task of visually interpreting the Creator’s original actions, this work offers an heroic and inspired glimpse into an immense universal vision. This vision carries within the seeds of revelation – the semblance of truth eternal.