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Alberto Sánchez

Born in: 1971

Spain

Biography
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
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