Emilio Sanchez: No Way Home, Images of the Caribbean and New York City

Emilio Sanchez’ life was filled with complexity; both personally and professionally. Born into one of Cuba’s oldest and wealthiest families, he had a conflicted sense of home caused by an early life of continual travel.   Eventually, he went to New York City in 1944 to take art classes at Columbia and by 1952 decided to relocate there.  Early images portrayed the landscape surrounding his father’s plantation in Cuba and described cane fields dotted with palm trees or working class residences and villages.  Apparent in them is an interest in pattern, color and strong lighting contrasts that came to characterize his mature style.  New York provided different and endless opportunities to explore compositional light and pattern combinations that were inspired by earlier artists like Charles Sheeler, Georgia O’Keefe and Edward Hopper. Twenty-five objects including paintings, watercolors, drawings and prints describe the work of this Cuban American artist.

Number of objects: 24
Installation Space: 200 linear feet
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