Spanish/Australian artist Alberto Sánchez is a photographer and multi-media artist based in Byron Bay, Australia. Sánchez uses the medium of photography and a heavy use of hand-colouring to enable him creating imagined landscapes. This unique use of colouring and texture results in a conceptual masquerade and ultimately creates an improbable landscape. The images fluctuate between the narrative to the matter-of-fact photographic record, resulting in a hybrid reality, of physical and imagined worlds.
The last five years has seen Alberto evolve from a commercial studio environment to a full-time artistic practice. He is represented by Retrospect Galleries in Australia and has exhibited extensively at Art Fairs in Europe, USA, South America, and throughout Asia where much of the proposed body of work is photographed. Alberto has been gaining recognition with both institutions and commercial galleries around the world with his work has appeared in many press articles and publications.
I grew up in a small town in Castilla (Spain), an area surrounded by medieval castles, Roman aqueducts and gothic cathedrals, culture and traditions that are still very much anchored in old Roman hierarchical structures. Moving to Australia 10 years ago, I have been able to reflect, with the safety of distance, on how our identity, defined by place and time yields to the ever present spectre of change.
I work with both urban settings and the natural world. Landscapes balance and complete me. The challenge I set myself in my work is to broaden the sense of these landscapes. Pursuing these ideas continue to inspire me every day. Painting the image brings the work a level of un-realism. The colours I use embody the energy and feelings of the place I have visited and photographed. I want the viewer to be aware that it has been intervened by hand, that it has an illustrative narrative only achieved through the physical application of paint. The painting modifies what is already there. I search for balance between photography and paint, which then becomes a hybrid of both.
Photography gives certainty, this is here, this is now. The camera records something that is, something that exists. I use black and white photography to minimise interference with perceived time or modern expectations of place.
2013| Finalist in the Bowness Photography Prize
2013| Finalist in the Wilson Visual Arts Award
2011| Finalist - Sunshine Coast Art Prize
2011| Finalist - Prometheus Visual Arts Award
2011| Finalist - HeadOn Alternative Portrait Awards
2011| Finalist - Brunswick Gallery Photography Prize
2011| Semi-finalist - Doug Moran Portrait Prize
2011| 1st Prize - Photography - Byron Bay Arts Classic
2010| AIPP QLD Portrait Photographer of the year - Runner Up
2010| HeadOn Alternative Portrait Awards - Shortlisted
2010| Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) National & Qld Awards-1 Silver Distinction Award-8 Silver Awards
2009| HeadOn Alternative Portrait Awards - Finalist
2009| HeadOn Alternative Portrait Awards - People’s Choice Award
2009| Olive Cotton Portrait Award - Highly Commended - Tweed Regional Art Gallery, NSW
2009| Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) National & Qld Awards - Portrait & Wedding Categories - 1 Silver Distinction - 6 Silver Awards
2008| Olive Cotton Portrait Award - Finalist - Tweed Regional Gallery
2008| AIPP National & Qld Awards - Portrait & Wedding Categories - 5 Silver Awards, 2 Bronze Awards
2007| AIPP National Awards - Wedding Category - 2 Silver Awards