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Tomás Sánchez (Cuban b. 1948)
Tomás Sánchez (Cuban b. 1948)


Tomás Sánchez (Cuban b. 1948)
signed and dated 'Tomás Sánchez 91' (lower left)
acrylic on canvas
43 x 58 7/8 in. (109.2 x 149.5 cm.)
Painted in 1991.
Private collection, Miami.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
I.O. Rey, ed., Tomás Sánchez: Paintings, Pinturas, Coral Gables, Palette Publications Inc., 1996 (illustrated in color).
G. García Márquez and E.J. Sullivan, Tomás Sánchez, Milan, Skira editore, 2003, p. 157, no. 127 (illustrated in color).
Exhibition catalogue, Tomás Sánchez, Monterrey, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, 2008, no. 48 (illustrated in color).
Monterrey, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Tomás Sánchez, 2008, no. 48.

Lot Essay

My work could be read two ways--literally, which is obvious, and on a more internal and subtle manner. All my paintings represent states of mind. The landscapes refer to an ideal nature, unpolluted, but also to a garden where contemplative spaces exist and express a harmonious relation with the natural world. Whereas this relation may be expressed as ecological, said spaces do not represent the natural world.

My landscapes are dharanas or interior visualizations, more like mental states during meditation. Their counterpart, the trash dumpsters, is a subject matter that I have been unable to leave behind since 1980; they are the antithesis. If we consider an external interpretation, they represent the rupture or harmony between humanity and nature. They are still landscapes in the full sense of the word, but they have been covered and crushed by trash. They are a representation of the ecological disaster produced by consumerism, a voice pleading for aid. They are a denunciation of a reckless production that fails to really satisfy the real necessities of humankind. But there is another interpretation that completes the message. My dumpsters also represent the sad state of a contaminated mind. We spend life throwing all kinds of emotional trash on our internal dumpster, unnecessary desires to possess and enjoy more which have been implanted, to a great extent, by external propaganda from companies that produce and sell false promises of happiness, ambition without measure, frustrations, fears, envies and all sort of limiting attitudes that darken the true sense of life, take away peace, and poison love.

A human being is not conscious of how this external disaster reaches the interiority of being. We contaminate the world because we also have contaminated our mind. We need to consume more, amass more riches and goods because we do not recognize our internal bounty. If we could catch a glimpse of even a little of our essential nature the world would be a true paradise.

Tomás Sánchez.

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