Marco Sánchez, a local artist who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and printmaking from the University of Texas at El Paso, will showcase his work at Dream Chasers Club on Thursday, Sept. 29 in an exhibit titled “On Paper and Canvas.”

The exhibit will feature Sánchez’s work over the past two years as an undergrad, along with pieces he produced in Mexico, where he spent this past summer as an artist-in-residence at the Taller Antiguo Colegio Jesuita in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán and at Taller Gráfica Libre in Oaxaca.

“I’m hoping to go back to Mexico in December or January to keep working in a few studios there,” Sánchez said. “The quality of the work that artists are producing there is phenomenal, and it keeps pushing me to grow. The atmosphere and vibe in the southern part of Mexico is fantastic also; everybody is open to working in collectives and helping one another – something I wish there was more of here.”

Sánchez said he’s been attempting to produce different concepts and work with various art mediums for each exhibit. The work in his most recent showcase was inspired by a close relative.

“My previous exhibition was meant to serve as tribute to my grandfather’s work, who did a series of alebrijes, which are small clay, wood or paper mâché figurines,” Sánchez said. “Instead of the figurines, I used masks.”

Expressing gratitude toward those who have supported and showcased his work, Sánchez emphasized the importance of embracing our art community.

“There are really talented artists here in El Paso,” he said. “We just need to showcase them more frequently and more often. That goes for every aspect of the arts: visual, musical, dance, performance. We’ve got to keep the work flowing and the people supporting.”

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