Tomás Sánchez was born on May 22, 1948 in Aguada de Pasajeros, Cienfuegos, Cuba. Trained at the San Alejandro National Academy of Fine Arts and the National School for the Arts, he is one of Cuba’s most prolific and multifaceted artists whose work runs the gamut from painting and engraving to sculpture and photography. A deeply-committed environmentalist whose landscape practices have been linked to spirituality and meditation, he is known as much for his lyrical, sublime landscapes as he is for his “majestic” landfills.
The recipient of numerous prizes and awards, whose work has been exhibited internationally, Sánchez has been the subject of several major retrospectives, including Tomás Sánchez: A Retrospective at the National Museum of Fine Art (Havana, Cuba, 1985); Tomás Sánchez: Different Worlds, at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art (Florida, USA, 1996); and a 60th anniversary celebration, Tomás Sánchez: A Retrospective, at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Monterrey, Mexico, 2008).
Sánchez lives in Costa Rica, but travels frequently between Havana, Mexico and the United States.
Tomás Sánchez has subsequently lived in Havana, Mexico, Miami (Florida) and Costa Rica.
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Fluid Ecologies includes Sánchez’s Waterfall.
Caída de Aguas (Waterfall), 2003. Charcoal and pastel on paper. 25 1/2 x 19 3/4 in. (64.77 x 50.17 cm). Purchase, Barbara Doyle Duncan, class of 1943, Fund for Contemporary Latin American Drawings. 2003.25