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Spotlight Artist – Sergio Sanchez

Sergio Sanchez has taught in all of LAAFA’s Programs for several years. Students are most impressed by his talent in the way he tells a story in his artwork, as well as teaching the importance of light, color and form.

1. Was there a defining moment when you knew you wanted to be an artist?

No. I think I have just always been attracted to interesting imagery from very early on and had a family that supported my artistic interests.

2. When you are teaching a class that focuses on light and color, what knowledge will your students learn?

The students learn from observation by analyzing the consistency in which light and shadow function and how they relate to color, rather than only relying on pure observation without any understanding of why it is that they are seeing what they are seeing.

3. Do you have a preference to drawing or painting? Why?

No preference. Drawing and painting are both equally important to me. I guess as a final product, painting has color involved and is a complete use of all of the fundamentals, which I think makes it more advanced.

4. What advice would you give students who want to become an artist?

Just to realize that it is a life long learning experience and a life style choice that you must stick to for the long term if you are to be successful in making a living with your art.

5. How do motivate your students to progress to the next level?

By giving students results and skill sets they can trust.

6. How do you feel about today’s contemporary art scene?

I think traditional methods and representational/ realism is back.

7. You are known as a realist. How do you think realism is important for students in the 21st Century?

Well, just the interest in realism again has brought back some teaching methods that were abandoned for a while that’s important to the next generation of artists, no matter what subject or style they choose. Even abstract art is limited to the use of the four fundamentals, shape, value, edge, and color as a two-dimensional image, so I think it’s important that this vocabulary has been brought back. For me it was via realism.

8. You have taught at several other universities, can you tell me what makes LAAFA special in your opinion?

It’s small and private, making it have a more intimate feel throughout the learning experience.

9. Who of the old masters inspires you the most and why?

There are so many to mention. I’m not sure where I would begin, but even more importantly, I am equally as inspired by all of the amazing living artists creating work today as I am from the old masters. I feel this is just as valuable.

10. What would we find you doing on a typical weekend?

Tattooing people, eating and drinking with my friends and family.