Erick Sánchez

Erick Sánchez

born 1973, Puerto Rican
lives and works in New York, NY


Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Erick Sánchez is at the forefront of redefining contemporary landscape painting. Using materials in his paintings and installations that include raw liquid and powder pigments, acrylic mediums, emulsion, glitter, recycled rubber, glass beads, copper and aluminum leaf, black magnum rock, graphite, urethane, stainless steel, gold, silver and aluminum powder, Erick experiments with both traditional and non-conventional materials achieving the distinctive, rich textures that have come to characterize his current practice. Erick emerged as a self taught artist after helping a friend paint a mural in 1996. In 2002, he studied at the San Juan Art Students League in Puerto Rico with Luis Ivorra and Rafael Rivera Ortiz, and was later awarded a study scholarship with artist Bruce Dorfman for an intensive summer program at The Arts Students League of New York (2005). He was the recipient of the Artist in the Marketplace Award from the Bronx Museum of Art, The Fantasy Fountain Painting Grant, and the Jean Gates Foundation Painting Award. His artist in residencies include The Ruth Katzman Vytlacil Residency in Sparkill, NY and The Marchtz Residency Summer Program at the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, France. Sánchez’s artwork is part of the permanent collection at the Tuscon Museum of Art (AZ).

Artist's Statement

“[My work] is created as a visual manifesto- a consciousness-raising display about the perils of man-originated ecological disturbances and the urgency for environmental conservation. [I want] to give shape to a fragile space consumed by globalization, industrialization, global warming, and other consequences of human behavior and the concomitant natural disasters which extinguish life and nature. These explorations are impactful, deliberately cautionary in tone, and executed with assertive brush strokes and inventive medium combinations.”
–Erick Sánchez

Permanent Collections

Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
The Art Students League of New York, New York, NY

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015Alchemy: The Mystic Flame, DW Art Projects, New York, NY

2012Genesis: Creation & Decadence, SMV Gallery, New York, NY

I will show you fear in a handful of dust, Wagner Gallery at NYU, New York, NY
2011 Dangerous Land, 2011 Governors Island Art Fair, Governors Island, NY
2010 The Journey: Point of No Return, Museum of The Americas, San Juan, PR

2008 Alternate Routes, Rhode Island University, Providence Campus, Providence, RI
2006 Esencia, Museo de San Juan, Galería San Juan Bautista, San Juan, PR
Contacto, Galería Senatorial del Capitolio de Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR
2005Días Extraños Sin Tí, Museo Casa Escuté, Municipio Autónomo de Carolina, PR
2004Otras Dimensiones, CBA Luis A. Ferré, San Juan, PR

2003Fragmentos, Museo de la Historia de Ponce, Ponce, PR

Selected Group Exhibitions

20152014 Annual Artist’s Exhibition, The Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York, NY

2013Made in Clay 2013, Greenwich House of Pottery, New York, NY

The Bronx Museum Biennial 2013, UBS Gallery, New York, NY
20123rd Bronx Latin American Art Biennial, Gordon Parks Gallery, College of New Rochelle Annex, Bronx, NY

Modern and Contemporary, William Bennett Gallery, New York, NY
2011Curate NYC 2011, Art at Bay Gallery, Staten Island, NY

ASL Exhibition Outreach Program 2011, Small Works, New York, NY

Glimpse: Enigmatic Visions, William Bennett Gallery, New York, NY
The 2010 Merit Scholarship Winners Exhibition, Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, New York, NY

2010The Concours 2010, Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, New York, NY

2009Diálogo 365, Ice Box Gallery at the Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA
2008MOLAA Awards and Auction 08, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA
Bronx Latin American Biennial 2008, Lincoln Exhibition Space,
New York, NY

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Award, Act Center of Contemporary Art, Vienna, Austria
Contemporary Latin American Artists, AbrahamArt Centre, Venray,
The Netherlands

Premio Francisco de Goya, Sala Barna,Barcelona, Spain
2005Viridian Artists 16th National Juried Exhibition, New York, NY
Presencia Boricua, Museum of the Americas, Miami, FL
Homenaje al 4to. Centenario de Don Quijote, Crisolart Galleries, Barcelona, Spain
2004Herencia Hispana, Museum of the Americas, Miami, FL
Latin American Art, Broward University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
MAC Art Auction, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Juan, PR
Encuentros Museum of the Americas, Miami, FL
20023rd Bienal Internacional de Fotografía Arsenal de la Puntilla, San Juan, PR

Haciendo Patria, University of Chicago, IL