For nearly three decades, Cuban painter Tomás Sánchez has been painting serene landscapes of calm waters and verdant forests full of towering palms and dense shrubs. Now part of a lengthy series, his realistic works focus on nature’s immensity as they contrast massive waterfalls and miles of endless treetops with a nondescript figure, who often can be found seated or standing amongst the lush scenery.
In a statement, Sánchez explained how his practice of meditation informs his work. “The interior spaces that I experience in meditation are converted into the landscapes of my paintings; the restlessness of my mind transformed into landfills,” he writes. “When I paint, I experience meditative states; through meditation, I achieve a union with nature, and nature, in turn, leads me to meditation.”
“Orilla y cielo gris” (1995), acrylic on canvas, 23½ x 35½ inches
“Autorretrato en tarde rosa” (1994), acrylic on linen, 30 x 39 ³/₄ inches
“Llegada del caminante a la laguna” (1999)
“Meditación y sonido de aguas” (1993), acrylic on canvas 60.5 x 76 centimeters
“Atardecer,” acrylic on canvas, 109.9 x 149.2 centimeters