Today we’d like to introduce you to Sergio Sanchez.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born in Mexico City in 1976 and moved with my family to the United States in 1979. Growing up in many parts of Los Angeles, I was exposed to many forms of aesthetic expression and always possessed a deep interest in art.
My early art was inspired by the visual storytelling of comic books. As a young man taking part of the b-boy culture, the intricate shapes and designs of graffiti heavily influenced my artwork. Later, the popularity of the skateboarding and snowboarding industries supported illustration jobs in which I designed logos, clothing, and graphics for boards. In 1993 I became a tattoo artist and focused my energies in that field for approximately seven years, in addition to my illustration work.
In 1999, I decided to go to art school and chose a private school, Associates in Art, where I studied under Mark Westermoe, Bill Perkins, Kevin Chen, and many others. During this time, I was exposed to artists such as Fechin, Zorn, Sorolla, Cornwell, Brangwin, Leyendecker and Velasquez, as well as Chinese and Russian academic work. Under this direction, my education consisted of a structured approach to drawing
and painting from life, live models, landscapes, and still life. After a year and a half of study at the school, due to my rapid progress, I was invited to teach there, which I did from 2000 to 2002.
In 2002, I began teaching at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, at the Art Center School of Design in Pasadena California, where I have been an instructor since 2004. And the Laguna College of art and design, in Laguna Beach CA. I have also started tattooing again from 2012 forward and now work at The Raven and the wolves in Long Beach CA.
Please tell us about your art.
My personal work as a fine art painter focuses on my perceptions of present-day life and is influenced by my memories growing up in two different worlds: Los Angeles and Mexico. My goal is to continuously record new experiences, focusing on interactions between people and their surroundings, combined with history and culture, both here in the United States and globally.
My tattoo work is a combination of the client’s ideas and themes, that I bring to life through visual aesthetics that I have developed to create a balanced and effective design. I hope people take away a story from the work that they can relate to and interpret in their own way.
Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
I think the role of artists have changed over time as society has changed, but the goal is somewhat the same, to inspire people to look at life in different ways both bad and good, appreciating all the beauty with the ups and downs, and to question our own perception through the eyes of another.
I believe the world is more global then it ever has been, it affects my work with the thought that as humans with all of our cultural differences that we are all in this together and have just as many similar goals and aspirations as we do differences, id like to focus on what brings us together then what separates us.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Please follow my work and travels at @sergiosanchezart on Instagram, where I will always announce and post all art shows, tattoo conventions, and available work for sale.
- Instagram: @sergiosanchezart