The Tropical Landscapes of Tomás Sánchez
Tomás Sánchez is a Cuban artist born in 1946 in Aguada de Pasajeros. In 1980 he gained international fame by participating in the XIX Edition of the International Prize of Drawing Joan Miró. His painting Desde las aguas blancas won the first prize and he was later exhibited at the Joan Miró Foundation. Although he is a confirmed artist in several disciplines (painting, engraving, sculpture and photography), it is his landscape paintings that have made him a world renowned painter.
His paintings are often devoid of human presence and composed of simple but very detailed elements: water, dense vegetation and sometimes clouds. For his romantic and meditative representation of landscapes he is sometimes compared to Caspar David Friedrich. His obsession with forest landscapes also brings him closer to the Hudson River School, an informal American pictorial movement, fascinated by nature, producing many landscape paintings influenced by Romanticism. However, his attention to composition, and the level of detail in his works made him an original and full-fledged painter.
Tomás Sánchez has developed a contemporary interpretation of landscape painting, drawing inspiration from the tropical vegetation of Central and South America. He depicts landscapes inviting to meditation, absorbing the viewer confronted with his loneliness in an almost spiritual process. These forests, where there is almost no living soul, are havens of peace allowing one to take refuge under the foliage of the trees. This invitation to the infinite tropics, both real and imaginary, is imbued with symbolism and takes us to the frontiers of surrealism.