Join us on Thursday, October 18 for the opening reception of our next exhibition in The Pink Gallery featuring the newest work from Richmond artist, Diego Sanchez.
In this body of work, I am playing with the idea of how a viewer is ‘reading’ or deciphering the visual information presented in my panels, how colors and patterns manipulate his / her perception. I am struggling with the formal concerns in my work and I wonder if my formal concerns are being understood by the viewer? While I am working on this group of paintings I hope that my whimsical desire to play with the materials or to develop new surfaces comes through in the work. I love Picasso's statement about painting, ‘Painting is a blind man's profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen.’ At this point in my life, painting continues to be an act of faith that brings me joy. Painting continues to be a humbling and worthwhile pursuit.
Diego Sanchez was born in Colombia, South America. He moved to Richmond to attend VCU and received an MFA from the Painting and Printmaking Department. He has been teaching at a variety of institutions including VCU, VUU, VMFA, and The Visual Art Center of Richmond. He is currently the chair of the Art Department at St. Catherine’s School. He has shown his work throughout Virginia and the Mid Atlantic region, internationally, and he is the first recipient of the Theresa Pollack Artist of the Year Award. His work is in several collections including: The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Anderson Gallery, Sidney and Frances Lewis, Bill and Pam Royall, Media General, First Market Bank, Capital One, Markel Corporation, Phillip Morris, Dominion, The Federal Reserve Bank, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Richmond, Longwood University, and College of William and Mary. He is one of the recipients for the 50 for 50 award by the Virginia Commission for the Arts.