José Luis Sánchez

Birth placeSpain Birth date1926

Born in Almansa (Albacete) on December 6, 1926, one of his most notable facets is his contribution to contemporary sacred art and participated in the introduction of avant-garde art in churches from the mid-twentieth century. Undoubtedly, one of the great sculptors of the twentieth century, with a rich career as reflected in his works in museums and in public spaces, churches and streets. Pioneer of abstraction in sculpture and in the use of materials, which always determined his work, plaster, marble, bronze, steel, cement or glass mud.


His work has been shown in various exhibitions, including the National Fine Arts of 1954, where he won the Third Sculpture Medal. He also participated in the XXVII Venice Biennale in 1954 and in 1957; and in the Third Hispanic-American Biennial, held in Barcelona in 1956. In 1981 a retrospective of his work was exhibited at the Crystal Palace of the Buen Retiro Park in Madrid. With more than 50 individual exhibitions, among its artistic production, the aluminum reliefs for the Ensidesa complex, in Avilés; the stone reliefs for the New Market of Segovia; the sculptural groups and figures for the La Rosa Sanatorium and the Madrid Labor Residence; ceramic or iron decorations for the Campo del Madrid Fair; or the Tangier Cathedral. Member of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando since 1987 and named in 2009 the favorite son of La Mancha, Sánchez's work is impregnated with notions close to architecture. The artist's work can be found in various parts of the world, as well as in national museums.

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