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Meet Christian Sanchez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christian Sanchez.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’d love to. I am born and raised in Los Angeles to parents who migrated from Mexico. My father was one of my only family members that peaked my interest in the arts as a child, I’d watch him paint small trinkets from time to time or pencil sketch landscapes on paper from newspaper pages. My first induction into art, at the time unbeknownst to me that it would be such an important factor in my life, was a drawing I did in the 5th grade in a school competition that I won first place.

Fast forward to High School, I had a high interest in video games, which then lead me to computers & that became my conduit for self-expression. I was part of a small art program at the time and my teacher suggested I enter an LAUSD competition that was being held by the Department of Water & Power for a campaign on Green Energy, I told her I’d only do it if I could use a computer and she agreed. From the 1,000’s of submissions, I ended up winning 3rd place with the only digital illustration. I now create Mixed Media Art, Digital Art, and partake full-time in the field of freelance Graphic Design. I’ve done art galleries, portraitures, album covers, track art, event and campaign flyers, clothing designs, and artwork for a music video.

Please tell us about your art.
My artwork is strongly encompassed by the aspects of surrealism, what’s life without a little mystery. There’s always a transformation of the spirit and the person through art, no matter how expansive or minuscule the piece is; by being in its presence one becomes something, it will strike a chord be it in a change of your emotional state or your vantage point on life thereafter. Art, like a language, can be ignored, felt, learned, enjoyed even if not understood, and sometimes similar but not the same to what a person already knows. To hear someone say they felt a certain way or it resonated with them is to me, myself, personally much more than I would ever hope for or expect someone to take away from it. I create art through a variety of different mediums, but mainly Digital Art Illustrations using Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop with a pen tablet.

We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
The best advice I can give would be to treat reaching out to someone–aside from DM/Email–the same way you would making a new friend; it’s awkward if you make it feel awkward, and sometimes that awkwardness is the common ground. Attending art shows/galleries in your area are great as well because some of the best connections ultimately happen organically and in person.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?

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Image Credit:
Personal Photo by: Cameron McCool

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