Edgar Sánchez shaped major developments in 20th century Venezuelan art. His influence continues unabated in the 21st century. Most recently, the exquisite poetic dimension of his landscapes brings the emotional depth of a great symphony into colours, shapes and forms.
Sánchez was born in Lara State, Venezuela in 1940. Following an education in Art Schools, he won national and international prizes. He became deeply involved in the figurative movement, which provoked a new phase for Venezuelan art exploring, as Roberto Guevara observed: “uncreated nightmares, suffocating dreams”. After studies in New York he returned to Caracas in 1973 and become an admired teacher, inspiring generations of artists.
In 1980 Edgar Sanchez’s Lethargy Series generated rave reviews internationally, featuring large, almost abstract, canvases in grey only traversed by lips. The noted art critic, Germán Rubiano Caballero, observed that the Lethargy Series paintings: “are some the most important works of international figurative art in recent decades”. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Caracas acquired several works from this collection.