“Aislarse” (2001), acrylic on linen. All images © Tomás Sánchez
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.”
For more of the Costa Rica-based artist’s projects, head to Instagram, and check out Artsy to see which tranquil paintings you can add to your own collection.
“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
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