“Seen” is track 5 on Bruce Cohen’s 2017 album release, Four BC.  Click on FOUR BC to read the album liner notes.

All of the pencil sketches in the video are the work of Emilio Sanchez (1921 – 1999) from his private collection created from 1940 to 1999.

Emilio Sanchez was born in Camagüey, Cuba in 1921.  He began his artistic training at the Art Students League in 1944 in New York City where he lived until he died in 1999.  However, it was in Cuba that he became fascinated with the play of light and shadow on colored forms that became a dominant characteristic of his works.  His early works of the 1950s are stylized and figurative depicting themes such as portraits of friends and models, views of New York and tropical landscapes.

An artist with an independent voice and international acclaim, Sanchez had over sixty solo exhibitions and has been included in numerous group shows in museums and galleries in the United States, Latin America and Europe.  His art is well represented in private and public collections including over thirty museums like the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  He has also received prestigious awards as first prize at the 1974 Biennial in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  • Source: The Emilio Sanchez Foundation.  His full biography can be read at http://bit.ly/2kSJaCt.

The Emilio Sanchez art and sketches compiled for this video are from The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art & Sketches Collection, courtesy of The New York Public Library’s Digital Collection. 

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