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Zilia Sánchez Biography

Zilia Sánchez's work is characterised by her distinctive approach to formal abstraction through the use of undulating silhouettes, a muted colour palette, and a unique, sensual vocabulary. She is primarily recognised for her shaped canvases, first created in Havana in the 1950s and further developed while living in Havana, New York City, and Madrid. Sánchez's signature style consists of stretching canvas over hand-molded wooden armatures and painting them with acrylic. Over her 65-year career, Sánchez has explored the juxtapositions between the feminine and the masculine, the painterly and the sculptural, the personal and the universal, the exterior body and the interior self. The reduced colour palettes in her compositions, as well as the serial processes she employs, connect her to Minimalism, though the sensuality and embrace of the curve in her work bear witness to the distinctive language Sánchez has developed.

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Sánchez's work had rarely been seen outside of Puerto Rico before her 2013 survey at Artists Space, New York, and 2014 solo exhibition at Galerie Lelong & Co., New York. In 2017, her work was included in the 57th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, VIVA ARTE VIVA, curated by Christine Macel. A major solo exhibition of Sánchez's work will be presented at the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., in 2019. Sánchez's work is featured in public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Argentina; Pérez Art Muesum, Miami; Colby College Museum of Art, Maine; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico; Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico; Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey; Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.; and Walker Art Center, Minnesota.

Sánchez was born in 1926 in Havana, Cuba. The artist lives and works in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she permanently settled in the­ early 1970s.

Text courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. New York.

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Concepto I by Zilia Sánchez contemporary artwork sculpture
Zilia Sánchez Concepto I, 2000/2019 Bronze, paint
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Luna Lunar by Zilia Sánchez contemporary artwork sculpture
Zilia Sánchez Luna Lunar, 2000/2019 Marble
62.8 x 48.6 x 11.8 inches
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El Significado del Significante by Zilia Sánchez contemporary artwork works on paper
Zilia Sánchez El Significado del Significante Inka ink on paper
38.1 x 55.9 cm
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