SANCHEZ, ALBERTO

Spanish/Australian artist Alberto Sanchez is a photographer and multi-media artist based in Byron Bay, Australia. Sanchez has pushed the medium of photography, developing a unique hand-colouring technique that enables him to create imagined scenarios from everyday moments. This heavy use of hand-colouring and texture results in a conceptual masquerade and ultimately creates an improbable landscape, in which us, the audience, are invited to participate in the struggle of modern life. The images fluctuate between the narrative to the matter-of-fact photographic record, resulting in a hybrid reality, of physical and imagined worlds.

Alberto conceives photography as a creative art form that is not constricted to the digital medium, where he prints, hacks and re-invents his own photographs to give them an idiosyncratic flavour. He sees photography as a kind of time traveling experience, a mixture of magic realism, which enables him to rediscover the world through his viewfinder. His body of work explores the notions of urban expansionism, capitalism and how individuals define themselves in this overloaded environment.

AWARDS 
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 | AustralianInstituteofProfessionalPhotography(AIPP)National&QldAwards-1SilverDistinction 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 EDUCATION 
2000-2002 | Apprenticeship Photography with Manuel Blanco - Madrid - SPAIN 
2000 | Diploma Performing Arts - Ballyfermot College - Dublin - IRELAND 
1994 | Certificate Advance Photography course - Mexico City - MEXICO EXHIBITIONS 

Exhibitions:
2015 | Photo LA, USA, with the Queensland Centre of Photography 
2015 | Photo Contemporary, LA, USA, with the Queensland Centre of Photography
2014 | Amsterdam LXRY, Amstel Gallery, The Netherlands
2014 | Whistler Village Art Gallery, Canada - Exhibiting artist
2014 | Amstel Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Exhibiting artist
2014 | Sweden, Germany,The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Singapore, London, Italy, Belgium, AAF’s
2014 | The Asia Contemporary Art Show, Hong Kong 2013 | Sweden, Germany, The Netherlands, Singapore, Hong-Kong, Italy, Belgium, AAF’s
2013 | Asia Contemporary, Hong Kong
2012 | Art Toronto, Canada
2012 | Singapore, Mexico, New York - USA, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, AAF’s
2012 | Shanghai Contemporary Artfair - Shanghai - China
2012 | KIAF Artfair - Korea
2012 | Arthamptons - The Hamptons - NY - USA
2012 | Capturing Light - Retrospect Galleries - Byron Bay - NSW
2011 | Petits Travaux - Retrospect Galleries - Broadbeach - QLD
2011 | Petits Travaux - Retrospect Galleries - Byron Bay - NSW
2011 | Surf Culture Now - Retrospect Galleries - Byron Bay - NSW
2011 | El Duelo Solo Show - Retrospect Galleries - Broadbeach - Gold Coast - QLD
2011 | Hybrido Solo Show - Queensland Centre of Photography - Brisbane - QLD
2011 | Sunshine Coast Art Prize Finalist Exhibition - Caloundra Regional Gallery - QLD
2011 | Prometheus Visual Arts Award Finalist Exhibition - Merrimac - QLD
2011 | Art Melbourne - Royal Exhibition Hall - Carton - VIC
2011 | Hidden Worlds - Retrospect Galleries - Broadbeach - Gold Coast - QLD
2011 | HeadOn Alternative Portrait Awards - Sydney and Melbourne
2011 | Shutter Speed - Retrospect Galleries - Byron Bay - NSW
2011 | Fusion - Retrospect Galleries - Broadbeach - Gold Coast - QLD
2010 | Petits Travaux - Retrospect Galleries - Byron Bay - NSW
2010 | Art Sydney - Royal Hall of Industries - Moore Park - NSW
2010 | Carnies Kooks & Clowns - Retrospect Galleries - Byron Bay - NSW
2010 | Tattooed - Retrospect Galleries - Byron Bay - NSW
2010 | Art Melbourne - Royal Exhibition Hall - Carton - VIC
2010 | El Mar Mi Alma - Retrospect Galleries. Byron Bay - NSW
2010 | HeadOn Alternative Portrait Awards - Sydney and Melbourne


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