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Madre Selva by Juan Sanchez

Madre Selva by Juan Sanchez

Wildwood Press

Mixed Media


Edition Size: 16 edition various

Image Size: 70h x 48w inches

Sheet Size: 70h x 48w inches


Condition: Pristine

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Juan Sanchez melds his visual lexicon and artist Ana Mendieta’s iconic imagery in a tribute to Mendieta who died at age 36 after a fall from her 34th floor apartment window. Her husband, artist Carl Andre, was tried and acquitted of her murder.  Juan Sanchez and his wife Alma Villegas, both friends of Mendieta, attended the trial every day. The print was built from the ground up – handmade paper of black linen, printed in two parts and joined together by a Japanese paper duotone litho, recreation of one Mendieta’s most important works, Tree of Life 1976.

Juan Sanchez’s painting and prints are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, El Museum del Barrio, El Instituto de Cultura Puertorriquena and El Museo de Antropologia, Historia y Arte of the University of Puerto Rico and El Centro Wilfredo Lam in Cuba among others.

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The Artist

Juan Sanchez

Juan Sánchez is part of a generation of artists who in the 1980s to 1990s began exploring questions of ethnic, racial and national identity in their work, be it through painting, video, performance or installation. Sánchez is known for producing mixed media works that address issues of Puerto Rican life in the U.S. and on the island. Sanchez continues to combine painting and photography with other media clippings and found objects to confront America’s political policies and social practices concerning his parents’ homeland of Puerto Rico. Sánchez often addresses Puerto Rico’s battle for independence and the numerous obstacles facing disadvantaged Puerto Ricans in the U.S.

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