About Alan Sanchez
I am a Mexican American, a Chicano born in Detroit Michigan, USA. I have been painting since I can remember. Painting, design and music are about the only things that ever interested me. I paint everyday. I feel that being a painter is like any other job. Like a plumber, you get up everyday and go to work. You work hard and hope not to make a mess of things. I work in series. I like to explore painting and not any one technique or style. My series may last two months or three years. I also work in various styles at the same time. When I weary of hard edge work I move on for awhile to more loose and free work. I need them both. Like fruit, one day I want to eat a peach, the next day I might want an apple. I like to research subjects for painting as well as looking into my roots. Recently I have been very influenced by the colors of the Mexican tribe called the Huichol.
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I have a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. I studied under the professor Aris Koutroulis. I won a residency to study at the New York Studio School in my senior year and only returned to Detroit to graduate. I then returned to New York for 21 years. My education in Art School was great, techniques and freedom. But the real education came from being in New York. The noise, the people, the food and the nights. It all spilled out on the canvas’.
In 2012 Longhamp asked me to create a painting for a silk scarf. The title is ” Mexican Angel” and was digitally reproduced on silk in Milan. 500 scarves were sold.
I created a large painting (4 x 3 meters) on site in the lobby of the headquarters of Technip, a large French oil research company at La Defense in Paris. The painting had an imposed theme ” Diversity “. It was an interactive painting allowing spectators to paint or write on the canvas. I was there for two weeks from 8am to 7pm. I had a man at one side and a woman at the other.I chose to include imagery from all religions between them. Some people weren’t happy about one religious icon being next to another, I just thought it was time we all became tolerant of the other.
In 2013 I made a performance painting at the Biaggio Garage in Paris. I painted two paintings in front of over 300 guests. One painting was Apollo and the other Venus. I kept my headphones on.
I was showing with Provenance Gallery in Chelsea New York for 13 years starting before I graduated art school in 1982. I have also had one man shows in Detroit and Miami. In France I have had one man shows in Paris in the Marais and in Montparnasse. I also had one man shows in Dijon, Pezanas and many other French cities. I have taken a break from showing for the last two years to concentrate on my latest work. It’s ready to show now.