THE GALLERY ON GREENE
Key West, Florida
Twins in a Conch Town Garden, Intaglio,
18" x 24"
Artistic icon, Mario Sanchez’s passion was depicting the
people of Key West celebrating the distinct spirit of the place
where he was born on October 7th, 1908. His photographic
memories of Key West's treasured history involve fond
remembrances of a rich cultural community filled with the
traditions of immigrants of diverse geographic and ethnic
Carpentures Architecture, Intaglio, 27" x 17"
Copyright 2009 Gallery on Greene
606 Greene Street____ • ____Key West, Florida 33040____ • ____(305) 294-1669____ • ____Open 10-6 daily
Old Island Days, Half a Century plus 4 years ago, Intaglio, 33
1/2" x 16"
Mario’s originality of method, (intaglios, painted
wooden carving) a kind of independence, speaks
loudly to America’s own self-image. Mario's usual
cast of colorful characters are his Cuban, Afro-Cuban,
Bahamian, Afro-Bahamian, Jewish, Chinese and Italian
cigars rollers, street vendors, fishermen, and the
everyday common person who he preserves for history
along with their nicknames and humorous antics from
the 1920’s and 30’s when he was a boy.
These carvings are insights into real people’s lives.
The good natured common person who is never a part
of history is whom Mario Sanchez makes special in
our eyes because they affirm human dignity. Someone
who no one would remember is alive for us today along
with the old wooden buildings they lived and worked
in and most importantly, their worthwhile values.
In November, 1996, the national magazine Folk Art
published a critically important article focusing on
Mario Sanchez's intricate bas-relief art, naming him
the most important Cuban-American Folk Artist of the
20th Century. In 1991 Florida's Department of State
honored Sanchez with its Florida Folk Heritage Award,
recognizing his lifelong devotion to the arts and his
personal contribution to the nation's rich cultural
legacy." excerpt from the book "Mario Sanchez,
Before & After" by Nance Frank, 305-294-1669 at the
Gallery On Greene in Key West, Florida Art Gallery.
Nance Frank has studied with the artist as a major
long-term project and is recognized as the foremost
expert on Mario Sanchez works.
YellowTail, Intaglio, 11 1/4" x 20 1/2"
These qualities affirm their dignity, humor and portray the
challenges they underwent to grow and develop the unique
humanistic values of this special island. Mario’s ideals
originate from those of the great western philosopher Jose
Marti. Mario Sanchez’s folk art has a great sense of
artistic power, of individuality, and technical virtuosity with
the irrepressible, candid charm of the unschooled. His art
work resonates authenticity of voice.
Lucky Fish Rhumba 14" x 26"
Mario Sanchez is the first Floridan to have a museum
exhibit in NYC and an upcoming exhibit at the
National Gallery in Havana, Cuba.
Iceless Fishmarket 12 x 29"