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“When I was in high school, I started painting. I told my teacher I love drawing; I want to be an artist. She helped me learn how to be an artist. I learned how to slow down and really look at things and try to understand them. It was like when I learned English; I had to slow down and change my thoughts into another language. I worked hard to learn English and to learn how to draw what I see.

I really like pictures and think about what they would look like as paintings. I like to mix up colors and paint characters that make me feel good. When I learned English I would draw the words to understand them better and that made me feel happy and smart. People told me that I was not smart, but art tells me that I can do something good.

When I make art I feel peace and quiet that helps me with some bad feelings that I have. When I paint I try to make happy characters. And stay away from the dark things that I see. When I am making art I feel happy and strong.”

Born in Miami, Florida in 1990, this gifted young artist produces skillful designs that are rich with content. Polite and soft-spoken, Sanchez imparts a caring quality to all his work. In a relatively short span of time, Sanchez has established a reputation for creating fine quality folk art in fiber, paint, wood, and practically all media that he explores. Sanchez derives inspiration for his art from numerous sources such as music, movies and other pop culture media, yet remains grounded in his Dominican and Latino background and family life.

Sanchez’s art work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanawaza, Japan, the Open Door Gallery in Boston, MA, Drive – by Projects in Watertown, MA and the Gateway Gallery.

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