New York, 1975
Edward-Victor Sanchez is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Cincinnati and Puerto Rico.
Edward-Victor is originally from Manhattan, New York, but moved to Puerto Rico when he was five years old. Growing up in the countryside of Puerto Rico, he developed an interest in nature, community, and arts, and from his childhood he studied drawing and painting. Although he was very passionate about art making, he didn’t pursue artistic studies until adulthood. Edward-Victor received his BFA in painting from La Escuela De Artes Plasticas De San Juan and his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore.
Edward-Victor’s art practice deals with elements of memory and the social-political climate of Puerto Rico. He recycles and interposes discarded materials from offices, art studios, and construction sites (among other spaces) and combines them with older personal artworks as an analogy of the rhetoric of politicians. The use of color, shape, and form lure spectators in, allowing them to find beauty in objects that they do not fully understand. These objects “power-coated” in what is popularly perceived as beautiful colors, satisfies the eye of the viewer, focusing only on formal elements. The found objects and inexpensive materials become somewhat invisible even though their presence is undeniable.
In his most recent works, Edward-Victor is exploring notions of separation, segregation, and obstruction. Barricades, walls, and carelessly packed objects portray his feelings toward the socioeconomic time we are living in today.
Edward-Victor is currently working as an adjunct professor at University of Cincinnati.