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Interview: Nicolas V. Sanchez - Oil Paint, Ink And Charcoal

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Nicolas V. Sanchez is a self-trained artist grew up in a very talented family that supports art and creativity.

He is known for his sketchbooks filled with hyper realistic drawings using ballpoint ink.  Five of his books were exhibited at this year’s Venice Biennale.

His work depicts animals, farm scenes and portraits of his family and people that he met. 

Sanchez is a full-time artist who uses oil paint and charcoal aside from ink for his regular size and small paintings.

Visit his website to know more about his works.  

Art by: Nicolas V. Sanchez | Image courtesy of Nicolas V. Sanchez

Can you tell us more about yourself?

Nicolas V. Sanchez: My name is Nicolas V. Sanchez and I am an artist living and working in New York City.  I exhibit and sell my work and am a full-time artist.  My mediums of choice are oil paint, charcoal and colored ballpoint pen.Art by: Nicolas V. Sanchez | Image courtesy of Nicolas V. Sanchez


Art by: Nicolas V. Sanchez | Image courtesy of Nicolas V. Sanchez


When did painting truly come into your life?

Nicolas V. Sanchez: Creative expression runs deep in my family.  Each member of my family has their own passion from carpentry to sewing to opera singing.  I was fortunate enough to have been brought up in an environment that nurtures art and creativity.  It's all I've known my entire life.  Although art has been a part of me, painting became a central part of my life about 10 years ago when I first learned to paint t my undergraduate school, Kendall College of Art and Design.

 Art by: Nicolas V. Sanchez | Image courtesy of Nicolas V. Sanchez

Art by: Nicolas V. Sanchez | Image courtesy of Nicolas V. Sanchez

You also paint using the traditional mediums. How did you discover using ink?

Nicolas V. Sanchez: Ink is also a very traditional medium.  I started sketching in ballpoint pen as something to do on the train during my commutes to and from my graduate school, the New York Academy of Art.  It later developed into what I do now.  Drawing in colored ballpoint pen has become a main part of my studio practice.

 Art by: Nicolas V. Sanchez | Image courtesy of Nicolas V. Sanchez


Art by: Nicolas V. Sanchez | Image courtesy of Nicolas V. Sanchez


Tell us something about your influences.

Nicolas V. Sanchez: My influences range from my family, teachers and other artists both contemporary and historically.

 Art by: Nicolas V. Sanchez | Image courtesy of Nicolas V. Sanchez


Art by: Nicolas V. Sanchez | Image courtesy of Nicolas V. Sanchez

What materials do you enjoy working with the most?

Nicolas V. Sanchez: It's hard to say what medium I enjoy the most.  I would have to say I can't appreciate either of them without the other.  Each medium helps me express my ideas in different ways.

 Art by: Nicolas V. Sanchez | Image courtesy of Nicolas V. Sanchez


Art by: Nicolas V. Sanchez | Image courtesy of Nicolas V. Sanchez

What is your own favorite piece to date, and why?

Nicolas V. Sanchez: I don't have a favorite piece so much as I've had a memorable experience making it.  The painting is called 'Bloodline' and it was a painting that first helped me break out and try new things in representational painting.

Art by: Nicolas V. Sanchez | Image courtesy of Nicolas V. Sanchez

Art by: Nicolas V. Sanchez | Image courtesy of Nicolas V. Sanchez

Do you have a typical working process? What would it be?

Nicolas V. Sanchez: I don't have a typical process for anything.  Although some of my work may have similar results from piece to piece, they all start and end differently.  It's a different experience every time.  That being said, the only consistent part of my practice is that I always have to end the work day cleaning the studio- hit that 'refresh button'.  Making the work can be spontaneous and could mean disregarding the world for a brief time, but in order to create the opportunity for those moments, I need to enter a clean and clear studio when I start a new work day.  Clear studio equals focus.

Art by: Nicolas V. Sanchez | Image courtesy of Nicolas V. Sanchez

Art by: Nicolas V. Sanchez | Image courtesy of Nicolas V. Sanchez

What's the best thing in painting?

Nicolas V. Sanchez: I think the best thing in painting is possibility.  

Art by: Nicolas V. Sanchez | Image courtesy of Nicolas V. Sanchez


Art by: Nicolas V. Sanchez | Image courtesy of Nicolas V. Sanchez

Thank you so much for giving us this interview.  Anything else you would like to share with us?

Nicolas V. Sanchez: Thank YOU so much for helping me share my work. Please follow me and the progression of my work on my social media platforms:

Facebook: Nicolas V Sanchez | Instagram: @nicolasvsanchez | 
Twitter: @nicovsanchez