Born in 1971 - Spain
Spanish/Australian Alberto Sánchez is a photographer and multi-media artist based between Byron Bay, Australia and Madrid, Spain. He prints, hacks and re-invents his own photographs using a unique hand-colouring technique, creating a hybrid reality of physical and imagined worlds where photographic documentary is meshed with improbable landscapes, creating his own form of magic realism.
Alberto Sánchez rediscovers the world through his viewfinder and re-visions that experience through his textured layering and evocative palette. His body of work explores the notions of urban expansionism, capitalism and how individuals define themselves in an increasingly overloaded sensorial environment.
Represented by Decorazon Gallery (USA/ London) and Retrospect Galleries in Australia, Alberto has exhibited extensively at Art Fairs in Europe, USA, South America, and throughout Asia where a significant portion of his work is photographed. Alberto has been gaining recognition from both institutions and commercial galleries around the world. His work has appeared in many press articles and publications.
Awards include: Finalist in the Bowness Photography Prize (2013), Finalist in the Wilson Visual Arts Award (2013), Semi-finalist Doug Moran Portrait Prize (2011), finalist Prometheus Visual Arts Award (2011), Australian Institute of Photography Runner-Up QLD Portrait Photographer of the Year (2010), Highly Commended Olive Cotton Award (2009), People’s Choice and Finalist at HeadOn Alternative Portrait Awards (2009) a finalist in the Olive Cotton Award (2008) as well as 15 awards from the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (2007-2009).
"I was brought up in a small town in Castilla (Spain), an area surrounded by medieval castles, Roman aqueducts and Gothic cathedrals, nurtured ancestral lands, celebrated culture and traditions that are still very much anchored in old Roman hierarchical structures. Since moving to Australia, almost 10 years ago, I have been able to reflect, from the safety of distance, as to how our identity is defined by place and time and who we are in an ever changing world."
- Alberto Sánchez
2015 | Photo LA, USA, with the Queensland Centre of Photography
2015 | Photo Contemporary, LA, USA, with the Queensland Centre of Photography
2014 | Amsterdam LXRY, Amstel Gallery, The Netherlands
2014 | Whistler Village Art Gallery, Canada - Exhibiting artist
2014 | Amstel Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Exhibiting artist
2014 | Sweden, Germany,The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Singapore, London, Italy, Belgium, AAF’s
2014 | The Asia Contemporary Art Show, Hong Kong
2013 | Sweden, Germany, The Netherlands, Singapore, Hong-Kong, Italy, Belgium, AAF’s
2013 | Asia Contemporary, Hong Kong
2012 | Art Toronto, Canada
2012 | Singapore, Mexico, New York - USA, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, AAF’s
2012 | Shanghai Contemporary Artfair - Shanghai - China
2012 | KIAF Artfair - Korea
2012 | Arthamptons - The Hamptons - NY - USA
2012 | Capturing Light - Retrospect Galleries - Byron Bay - NSW
2011 | Petits Travaux - Retrospect Galleries - Broadbeach - QLD
2011 | Petits Travaux - Retrospect Galleries - Byron Bay - NSW
2011 | Surf Culture Now - Retrospect Galleries - Byron Bay - NSW
2011 | El Duelo Solo Show - Retrospect Galleries - Broadbeach - Gold Coast - QLD
2011 | Hybrido Solo Show - Queensland Centre of Photography - Brisbane - QLD
2011 | Sunshine Coast Art Prize Finalist Exhibition - Caloundra Regional Gallery - QLD
2011 | Prometheus Visual Arts Award Finalist Exhibition - Merrimac - QLD
2011 | Art Melbourne - Royal Exhibition Hall - Carton - VIC
2011 | Hidden Worlds - Retrospect Galleries - Broadbeach - Gold Coast - QLD
2011 | HeadOn Alternative Portrait Awards - Sydney and Melbourne
2011 | Shutter Speed - Retrospect Galleries - Byron Bay - NSW
2011 | Fusion - Retrospect Galleries - Broadbeach - Gold Coast - QLD
2010 | Petits Travaux - Retrospect Galleries - Byron Bay - NSW
2010 | Art Sydney - Royal Hall of Industries - Moore Park - NSW
2010 | Carnies Kooks & Clowns - Retrospect Galleries - Byron Bay - NSW
2010 | Tattooed - Retrospect Galleries - Byron Bay - NSW
2010 | Art Melbourne - Royal Exhibition Hall - Carton - VIC
2010 | El Mar Mi Alma - Retrospect Galleries. Byron Bay - NSW
2010 | HeadOn Alternative Portrait Awards - Sydney and Melbourne
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