Juan Sanchez

20 Jay Street, Suite M10C

Visitors will see current mixed media collage works in progress, mixed media prints as well as earlier large collage paintings.

Juan Sánchez is an influential American artist, and one of the most important Nuyorican/ Puerto Rican cultural figures of the latter 20th century. Maintaining an activist stance for over 35 years, he continues to align himself with populist concerns, rather than those of the art world elite.

Painter, photographer, printmaker, and video artist Juan Sánchez was born to immigrant working-class Puerto Rican parents in Brooklyn, New York. He is part of a generation of artists-such as Coco Fusco, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Pepón Osorio, and Papo Colo-who in the 1980s and ’90s explored questions of ethnic, racial, and national identity in their work.

Among numerous group exhibitions in national and international gallery and museum venues in the United State, Latin America, Europe and Africa, Sánchez had solo exhibitions at BRIC Arts/Media House, P.S.1/MoMA Contemporary Art Center, El Museo del Barrio, Exit Art, Bronx Museum of the Arts, the 5th Havana Biennale, and El Museo de Historia, Antropologia y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico. Among several permanent collections, his art is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, El Museo del Barrio, and The Smithsonian Museum of American Art.

Sánchez has been awarded grants and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Sánchez earned a BFA from The Cooper Union School of Art and a MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers University. He is Professor of Art at Hunter, CUNY and is on the Executive Board of the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

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