Lizi Sánchez

Lizi Sanchez 'Cadeneta' (7/2013) acrylic on aluminium, 3 loops, each loop: 31×5cm 2015

*1975, Lima, Perú
lives/works in London

Lizi Sánchez lives and works in London and Lima, Perú. Her practice reflects on the emergence of 1950's modernist abstraction and combines this interest with references to confectionary brands, party paper chains, and other articles of mass consumption. Her work deliberately uses common materials such as like packaging or building materials, looking 'at making and production in a market–driven world where surface, style and presentation seem to be the ultimate end'. Sánchez re–purposes these materials in the context of visual art, employing labour–intensive hand–made processes that 'imitate, but essentially contrast with those of the mass market and the glossy high–end manufacturing of art production'. Sánchez's 'Cadeneta' pieces, specifically, translate this principle into spatial form. The artist frequently works in acrylic on metal foil, be it aluminium or lead, cut into loops to form interlocking rings. Brightly coloured and of a small domestic scale, these pay homage to the phenomenon of modular sculpture, but contrast this with their overt reference to homemade decorations, a motif used and recognised across all cultures, nations and historical periods in times of social gathering and celebration, in colourful embellishment of the everyday.

Daniel F. Herrmann (edited extract from the catalogue to accompany the London Open 2015 at the Whitechapel Gallery)

Lizi Sánchez: biography pdf
2005 – 2007 MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, London
1994 – 1999 BA Fine Art, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima, Perú
Solo Exhibitions
: Maria, Rosa, Mick & John, domobaal.
: Park, Galería Lucía de la Puente, Lima, Perú (text by Sofia Gotti)
: In a world that laughs, accompanied by a publication with text by Sarah Kelleher, domobaal.
: Oh locura de diamante, Vertice Gallery, Lima, Perú.
: Beyond the Pearl, Standpoint Gallery, London.
: Journeyman's heirs, Duckett and Jeffreys, Yorkshire, UK.
: Mirror Pelt, Weissfaktor, Berlin, Germany.
: The Luxury of the Private, Arte Gene, Barrow–in–Furness, Cumbria, UK.
Group Exhibitions
: Summer Show, Maddox Arts, London.
: Oriel Davies Open, selected by Matthew Collings, Sacha Craddock, Jane Simpson, Steffan Jones–Hughes and Alex Boyd Jones, Newtown, Powys, Wales, UK.
: Depth of Field, Lizi Sánchez, Cipriano Martinez, Luke Skiffington and Augusto Villalba, Hungerford, Berkshire, UK.
: Selected Works, Galería Lucía de la Puente, Lima, Perú.
: 78 Years of PUCP (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú), Galería Germán Krüger Espantoso, ICPNA (Instituto Cultural Peruano Norte Americano) Lima, Perú.
: Sculpture in The City 2016/2017, City of London.
: XIX Subasta Anual de Arte 2016, MALI, Lima, Perú.
: Concrete, Pullman Court, London, organised by Jaime Gili.
: John Moores Painting Prize 2016, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK (selected by Gillian Carnegie, Richard Davey, Ansel Krut, Phoebe Unwin, Ding Yi)
: Prints, Editions & Artists Books at Jaime Gili Studio, London.
: The London Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London, selected by Angela de la Cruz, Ben Luke, Jake Miller, Nicoletta Fiorucci with Daniel Herrmann and Poppy Bowers.
: Drawing Biennial 2015, Drawing Room, London.
: VV Open 2014, Vulpes Vulpes Gallery, London.
: Full Circle, offsite project, Drawing Room, London.
: In–habitat, curated by Andy Jackson, Lion&Lamb, London.
: Creekside Open, selected by Paul Noble, A.P.T Gallery, London.
: Material Matters, curated by Drawing Room in collaboration with UBM plc, London.
: Through the Looking Glass, The Agency Gallery, London.
: The Knight Turns its Head and Laughs, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich, London.
: Utopia Ltd, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Ireland.
: Creekside Open, selected by Phyllida Barlow, A.P.T Gallery, London.
: Proteo, Nettie Horn, London.
: Utopia Ltd, Wexford Art Centre, Wexford, Ireland.
: Art Brussels, Domo Baal, Brussels, Belgium.
: Sophisticated Boom Boom (in b&w), Domo Baal, London.
: Studio Voltaire Members Show, selected by Jennifer Higgie and Rebecca Warren, London.
: Pure Peru, a selection of Peruvian Artists working in the UK, Peruvian Embassy, London.
: Once Removed, Unit 2 Gallery, London.
Awards and Residencies
: Artists' International Development Fund Award, British Council.
: International Development Fund, Arts Council England.
: Arts Council England Grants for the Arts, for Beyond the Pearl.
: Shortlisted for a Henry Moore Institute, Research Fellowship.
: Red Mansion Art Prize, Winner, Beijing Residency, China, for research and art production, August–September.
Press and Publications
: Art Frontier Magazine, interview with Lizi Sánchez published by Artron, Beijing, China, by Giuseppe Marasco.
: Sculpture Magazine, Washington DC, interview with Lizi Sánchez, International Sculpture Centre, USA, by Giuseppe Marasco.
: Art Monthly review in London Round–Up, November 2017 issue no: 411, by Paul Carey–Kent.
: Sugar–Coated, Lizi Sánchez interview for Art and Deal, by Rahesh Punj, Delhi, India.
: Park, text by Sofia Gotti for Park, solo exhibition in Lima, Perú.
: Grotesque Bold Condensed, Garúa, selected by Premiosluces as one of four best painting shows of show of 2016.
: The London Open 2015, catalogue, The Whitechapel Gallery, London (text on Lizi Sánchez by Daniel F. Herrmann) ISBN 978 0854882410.
: Oh Locura de Diamante, essays by Rodrigo Quijano and Jeanine Woollard to acompany exhibition Oh Locura de Diamante.
: Diseño y Color, review by Elida Roman, El Comercio Peru, Luces Cultura, Friday 31 January.
: Shared Gifts, essay by Rebecca Geldard to accompany exhibition Beyond the Pearl at Standpoint Gallery, London.
: David Altmejd and Lizi Sánchez in London by Jeanine Woolard, NY Arts Magazine, published Vol 19 September.
: A Gift of an Art Show by Eliza Williams, So Different So Appealing, published 12 July.
: Moves, Throws and Plays, catalogue essay by Ed Krčma to accompany the exhibition 'The Knight Turns its Head and Laughs' at Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich, London.
: Journey Man's Heirs essay by Carmen Cebreros Urzaiz to accompany exhibition Journey Man's Heirs.
: Top 10 London Shows in May and June by Rebecca Geldard, Saatchi Online, published 10 June.
: Once Removed: New Work about Location, catalogue essay by Richard Hylton to accompany Once Removed.