Maria Sanchez

Maria Sanchez combines the allure of physical mediums with the practicality of the digital world. Her work brings classic portraiture into the selfie era.

How would you describe your style?

Digital art creation, with an illustrative/figurative style. I use a vibrant color palette mixed with energetic patterns. I am capable of transforming a fade boring picture in a modern colorist artwork.
All in all, I think a personal style is a good thing, but it has to keep evolving and growing otherwise, there may be a risk that you stagnate.

What subjects do you enjoy working on?

I paint portraits in the social media and “selfies” era. Yes, I know it could be crazy, but from my point of view, portraits are inherently a celebration of a life, and this is something challenging to capture in a single picture… as a portraitist, I [bring] out aspects of the individual that are not represented in the picture. Everyone wants to be younger or trimmer, with a less prominent nose and fuller lips. I improve the facial expressions, giving a relaxed tone, and fulfilling color around the figure. The result is a unique and original artwork, modern and at the same time, a reliable representation of the subject.

What medium(s) do you work in?

As a Fine Arts Degree, I studied all traditional mediums, like oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc., but currently, I only use digital mediums. I paint over my IPad, using a collection of painting software. The reason for this option is the question of cost-effective results. I believe expensive commissions are not adapted to the current purchase habits… It is the e-commerce era, the social media era. There is is a price barrier that is difficult to surpass by the consumer. 

How has your process evolved?

My process has evolved thanks to all the failed pieces, all the time-consuming steps, and all the wrong commissions I got in the past.
I use photography, software, drawing, painting… all mixed. I also use external partners to print out in high resolution each final artwork. I believe that now I have the process well structured, but I am always learning new technological platforms, to go a step ahead with the final result.

What got you started creating art?

I started to draw and paint at an early age, and it always stayed with me. I believe art creation is, for me, a way of self-therapy. 

What artists influence your work?

During my initial art education, I was influenced by all Spaniard’s artists in my home country, Spain. Artist as Miro, Picasso, Dalí, printed a significant influence on my vision of color, the spirituality of characters, and hard lines drawing lines. Finishing my degree, artists as Bacon or De Kooning, were present in my iconography and palette. Of course, all of them are there currently. Now, I am more interested to understand new digital and code artists. The use of colors and the use of animation and music, as a total art experience and as an evolution of video art and performance, interest me and influence me.

"I believe art creation is, for me, a way of self-therapy."

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