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GABRIEL SANCHEZ

Silencio (Silence)

West Gallery

November 5 – December 17, 2022

Gabriel Sanchez, Adentro una caja, 2022, Oil on canvas, 26 x 42 in.

Gabriel Sanchez
Adentro una caja, 2022
Oil on canvas
26 x 42 in.

Gabriel Sanchez, 4am, 2022, Oil on canvas, 44 x 35.5 in.

Gabriel Sanchez
4am, 2022
Oil on canvas
44 x 35.5 in.

Gabriel Sanchez, Chachi, 2022, Oil on canvas, 47 x 35.25 in.

Gabriel Sanchez
Chachi, 2022
Oil on canvas
47 x 35.25 in.

Gabriel Sanchez, El chisme, 2022, Oil on canvas, 50 x 68 in.

Gabriel Sanchez
El chisme, 2022
Oil on canvas
50 x 68 in.

Gabriel Sanchez, Eva, 2021, Oil on canvas, 44 x 35.25 in.

Gabriel Sanchez
Eva, 2021
Oil on canvas
44 x 35.25 in.

Gabriel Sanchez, Everything Will Be Alright, 2022, Oil on canvas, 46 x 36 in.

Gabriel Sanchez
Everything Will Be Alright, 2022
Oil on canvas
46 x 36 in.

Gabriel Sanchez, Humberto, 2022, Oil on canvas, 50 x 46 in.

Gabriel Sanchez
Humberto, 2022
Oil on canvas
50 x 46 in.

Gabriel Sanchez, Jaime and His Brother, 2022, Oil on canvas, 46 x 50 in.

Gabriel Sanchez
Jaime and His Brother, 2022
Oil on canvas
46 x 50 in.

Gabriel Sanchez, La dama, 2022, Oil on canvas, 46 x 35 in.

Gabriel Sanchez
La dama, 2022
Oil on canvas
46 x 35 in.

Gabriel Sanchez, La protesta, 2021, Oil on canvas, 46 x 36 in.

Gabriel Sanchez
La protesta, 2021
Oil on canvas
46 x 36 in.

Gabriel Sanchez, Laura en la ventana, 2022, Oil on canvas, 40 x 40 in.

Gabriel Sanchez
Laura en la ventana, 2022
Oil on canvas
40 x 40 in.

Gabriel Sanchez, Laura Smoking a Cigarette, 2022, Oil on canvas, 47.5 x 35.5 in.

Gabriel Sanchez
Laura Smoking a Cigarette, 2022
Oil on canvas
47.5 x 35.5 in.

Gabriel Sanchez, Libertad, 2021, Oil on canvas, 35 x 44 in.

Gabriel Sanchez
Libertad, 2021
Oil on canvas
35 x 44 in.

Gabriel Sanchez, Otorrinolaringología, 2022, Oil on canvas, 46 x 70 in.

Gabriel Sanchez
Otorrinolaringología, 2022
Oil on canvas
46 x 70 in.

Gabriel Sanchez, Reflection, 2022, Oil on canvas, 76 x 63.75 in.

Gabriel Sanchez
Reflection, 2022
Oil on canvas
76 x 63.75 in.

Gabriel Sanchez, Sin identidad, 2022, Oil on canvas, 58 x 44 in.

Gabriel Sanchez
Sin identidad, 2022
Oil on canvas
58 x 44 in.

Gabriel Sanchez, Young Woman with a Water, 2022, Oil on canvas, 56 x 37 in.

Gabriel Sanchez
Young Woman with a Water, 2022
Oil on canvas
56 x 37 in.

Installation view of Gabriel Sanchez: Silencio (Silence), 2022, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Installation view of Gabriel Sanchez: Silencio (Silence), 2022, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Installation view of Gabriel Sanchez: Silencio (Silence), 2022, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Installation view of Gabriel Sanchez: Silencio (Silence), 2022, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Installation view of Gabriel Sanchez: Silencio (Silence), 2022, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Installation view of Gabriel Sanchez: Silencio (Silence), 2022, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Installation view of Gabriel Sanchez: Silencio (Silence), 2022, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Installation view of Gabriel Sanchez: Silencio (Silence), 2022, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Installation view of Gabriel Sanchez: Silencio (Silence), 2022, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Installation view of Gabriel Sanchez: Silencio (Silence), 2022, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Installation view of Gabriel Sanchez: Silencio (Silence), 2022, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Installation view of Gabriel Sanchez: Silencio (Silence), 2022, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Installation view of Gabriel Sanchez: Silencio (Silence), 2022, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Installation view of Gabriel Sanchez: Silencio (Silence), 2022, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Installation view of Gabriel Sanchez: Silencio (Silence), 2022, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Installation view of Gabriel Sanchez: Silencio (Silence), 2022, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Installation view of Gabriel Sanchez: Silencio (Silence), 2022, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Installation view of Gabriel Sanchez: Silencio (Silence), 2022, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Installation view of Gabriel Sanchez: Silencio (Silence), 2022, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Installation view of Gabriel Sanchez: Silencio (Silence), 2022, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Installation view of Gabriel Sanchez: Silencio (Silence), 2022, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Installation view of Gabriel Sanchez: Silencio (Silence), 2022, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Installation view of Gabriel Sanchez: Silencio (Silence), 2022, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Installation view of Gabriel Sanchez: Silencio (Silence), 2022, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Installation view of Gabriel Sanchez: Silencio (Silence), 2022, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Installation view of Gabriel Sanchez: Silencio (Silence), 2022, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Installation view of Gabriel Sanchez: Silencio (Silence), 2022, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Installation view of Gabriel Sanchez: Silencio (Silence), 2022, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Installation view of Gabriel Sanchez: Silencio (Silence), 2022, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Installation view of Gabriel Sanchez: Silencio (Silence), 2022, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Press Release

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to announce GABRIEL SANCHEZ: Silencio (Silence), an exhibition of new paintings on view in Gallery 1 from November 5 through December 23, 2022. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, November 5th, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. 

Gabriel Sanchez uses portraiture as a means to make visible the contemporary reality of Cuban citizens. Stranded on an oppressive island, young Cubans are angry and disillusioned. They are in crisis, lacking basic resources due to constant food and power shortages and unable to openly express themselves for fear of retaliation. They call for freedom in all forms—a demand which erupted in the historic 11 July protests of 2021. However, under continual threat of detainment and criminalization by authorities, public activism has largely dissipated. Many Cubans now search desperately for escape, risking their lives because they have nothing left to lose. As a consequence, the ongoing mass migration from Cuba is at a record high, eclipsing the numbers of previous decades.

Sanchez finds himself amidst these tensions in his intimate portraits of those closest to him as well as complete strangers. Within the paintings, his subjects contemplate their impending forced exodus and the families they may have to leave behind. Their emotions are intense, the frustration they feel palpable. Some cannot suppress their outrage, while others silently weigh their options. Sanchez renders the humanity of Cubans with tenderness; he captures their vulnerability, but also their strength and spirit. Many of his subjects have already left Cuba and their portraits linger as a reminder of their former lives. Yet, there is a collective understanding that, in leaving the empty island which is slowly dying from its antiquated ideals and repression, they journey toward a fulfilling future—a new life beyond conflict and strife, with more potential and freedom than anything they can experience back in Cuba. 

Gabriel Sanchez (b. 1993, Miami, FL) is a Cuban American artist. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Solo exhibitions include Mirando al mundo (Looking at the World) at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles (2021), Let me in, Monti8, Latina, IT; and Remote Generation at Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (2019). Notable group exhibitions include Shattered Glass, presented by Jeffrey Deitch in Miami, FL (2021); Stay with me, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA (2020); Figures, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2019); Tiny Visions, Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2018); Synchronicity, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (2018); and Artmix, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO (2017); among others. His work is in the collection of the Xioa Museum of Contemporary Art, Rizhao, China; Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH; The Bunker/Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, Palm Beach, FL; and Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, Pasadena, CA; among others. Sanchez lives in Havana, Cuba and Boulder, Colorado.

For further information, including images and previews, please call 213-395-0762, or email: gallery@luisdejesus.com.

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