My role as an artist is to depict the multiple emotional dimensions of the human mind. I am interested in exploring the things that are often rejected, considered forbidden and macabre; I see beauty in ugly, broken, and imperfect things that most people often wish to overlook. I am constantly inspired by the natural cycles of life and death, the acceptance of transience and imperfection – as outlined in the Japanese tradition of Wabi-Sabi, and the beauty of chaos and grief. I aspire to create expressive and emotionally charged works by applying techniques of the old masters in drawings and paintings to connect with the universality of the human psyche in its emotional level. However, I seek an unusual representation of common subjects: hiding under blankets and veils, in the shadows, giving their back to the viewers, incomplete and decaying.
My work is a private one; I’m not creating to please an audience. I draw inspiration from the Personal Unconscious, merging elements from my own story and growth with the collective blueprint of humankind. This is a process of uncluttering my mind from thoughts that keep me awake, from beautiful nightmares to grotesque daydreams. I do not wish to explain my work, but to let others tell me their thoughts about it. I know what it means to me, but my wish is not to share it, as my ideas and feelings about my art evolve and change every minute. I want my work to be an intimate experience and a tool in the discovery of our own personal Shadow.
Ana Sanchez was born in Havana, Cuba, and spent her childhood living in Colombia, where she got her Business and Economics degree in 2010. After moving to Los Angeles, California in 2012, Ana explored different creative outlets until deciding to get her BFA at Laguna College of Art and Design. This multidisciplinary and diverse background has helped her combine different elements of literature and philosophy into her artistic work. She has exhibited her paintings in various shows around Southern California.
2015-18 Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD), Laguna Beach, CA
Major: Fine Art, Drawing and Painting Minor: Art History
2020 8 1/2 x 11 - GWC Art Gallery, Huntington Beach, CA
2020 Frontier Justice - Black Sheep Gallery, Burbank, CA
2019 Dark Holy Days - Black Sheep Gallery, Burbank, CA
2019 Femella - GWC Art Gallery, Huntington Beach, CA
2019 Familiars - Dark Art Emporium, Long Beach, CA
2019 LCAD Fine Art Exhibition - LCAD Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2018 The Art of the Self – GWC Art Gallery, Huntington Beach, CA
2018 Naturescape – CAP Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2018 LCAD Student Exhibition – LCAD Gallery 805 – Laguna Beach, CA
2018 About the Author – 1888 Center, Orange, CA
2017 Juried Student Exhibition – LCAD Library, Laguna Beach, CA
2016 Small Works Show – LCAD Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2016 Juried Student Exhibition – LCAD, Laguna Beach, CA
2015 Juried Exhibition – Laguna Beach City Hall, Laguna Beach, CA
2015 Juried Student Exhibition – Forest and Ocean Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
HONORS AND AWARDS
2017 Grapes for Grads Scholarship
2017 Plotkin Memorial Foundation Award Scholarship