Richmond-Based Artist Diego Sanchez at Mary Baldwin’s Hunt Gallery

September 1, 2015

From September 28 to October 30, 2015, the exhibition Diego Sanchez: Recent Work is on view at Mary Baldwin University’s Hunt Gallery. Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Sanchez has lived, studied, and worked in the United States since 1980.

Sanchez lives in Richmond where he maintains a professional studio practice and teaches full-time at St. Catherine’s School. During the past 17 years, he has taught at various institutions in Richmond, including The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Visual Art Center of Richmond, Virginia Union University, and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He earned a BFA and an MFA from the painting and printmaking department in the School of the Arts at VCU.

Sanchez has shown his work throughout Virginia and has participated in exhibitions in Peru, Italy, Belgium, Colombia, and France. He was the first recipient of the Theresa Pollack Artist of the Year Award, and in 2011 received the Distinguished Service Award from the Visual Art Center of Richmond. His work is in numerous collections, including the Sydney and Frances Lewis collection; the collection of Pam and Bill Royall; Media General; First Market Bank; Capital One; The Federal Reserve Bank; Markel Corporation; and Phillip Morris.

Sanchez’s recent paintings reflect his ongoing interest in the various intersections between representational and nonrepresentational form. He says the following about this new work: “My interest has been gradually shifting to an intuitive process that favors the more formal aspects of my work. I am gradually shifting to a more non-representational ground. This part of the process is tremendously enjoyable to me. I often wonder how making a painting resembles an act of faith — not having preconceived notions of where the work will take me or what the painting will look like in the end.”

A reception will be held for the artist from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on October 5 in Hunt Gallery.  The public is invited to attend.

Hunt Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary work in all media by regionally and nationally recognized artists.  The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday during the college’s academic year. Hunt Gallery’s schedule for the 2015–16 academic year can be found online.