(Spain 1971 -)
BiographySpanish/Australian artist Alberto Sanchez is a photographer and multi-media artist based in Byron Bay, Australia. Sanchez has pushed the medium of photography, developing a unique hand-colouring technique that enables him to create imagined scenarios from everyday moments. This heavy use of hand-colouring and texture results in a conceptual masquerade and ultimately creates an improbable landscape, in which us, the audience, are invited to participate in the struggle of modern life. The images fluctuate between the narrative to the matter-of-fact photographic record, resulting in a hybrid reality, of physical and imagined worlds.
Alberto conceives photography as a creative art form that is not constricted to the digital medium, where he prints, hacks and re-invents his own photographs to give them an idiosyncratic flavour. He sees photography as a kind of time traveling experience, a mixture of magic realism, which enables him to rediscover the world through his viewfinder. His body of work explores the notions of urban expansionism, capitalism and how individuals define themselves in this overloaded environment.
His work has appeared in many press articles and publications. Awards include: Bowness Photography Prize (Finalist), Wilson Viual Arts Award (Finalist), Sunshine Coast Art Prize (Finalist), Prometheus Visual Arts Award (Finalist), Doug Moran Portrait Prize (Semi-Finalist), Byron Bay Arts Class (1st Prize),, Head On Alternative Portrait Awards (Finalist & People’s Choice Award), Olive Cotton Portrait Award with Tweed Regional Art Gallery, NSW (Highly Commended), Australian Institute of Photography (AIPP) National & QLD Awards Photographer of the Year, Guest Artist at Photo Istanbul (by invitation)
ExhibitionAlberto Sanchez has exhibited globally in Hong Kong, New York, London, Hamburg, Byron Bay, Brussels, Stockholm, and Los Angeles among other locations, and including in shows such as SCOPE Art Show Miami, FOTO Istanbul (Invited Artist), CONTEXT Art Miami, Art Silicon Valley, Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair, Photo Contemporary, and Korean International Art Fair.