'...Scrutiny of high and low culture takes another turn in the sculptures and collages of Lizi Sánchez. Sánchez’s sculptures possess an unashamedly frivolous quality. The weighty materials traditionally associated with sculpture are, more often than not, eschewed as Sánchez is drawn towards cheap materials such as those commonly found in hardware and haberdashery shops. Nevertheless, her constructions, using veneers, pom-poms, ribbons, fabrics, bathroom tiles, cardboard and polystyrene, possess an authority belying the tackiness and lowly status of her materials. Are they sculptures, models, facsimiles of monuments?
The rigorous construction and attention to detail evident in this work may go some way to explaining the contradictory impulses they induce, as might the apparently formal appearance. Though eschewing the ‘serious’ materials of sculpture and attendant associations of grandiosity and solemnity, as works of wit and great ingenuity, Sánchez’s sculptures still demand to be read ‘seriously’.
These hybrid forms are reminiscent of various types of design, which not only occupy a particular physical space within the city, but also particular places within a hierarchy of design. The seeming disparity between form and content can be partly attributed to Sánchez’s fascination for making links between disparate forms of ornamentation, from those found in architecture – façades of buildings, urban monuments and parade grounds – to the sort of paraphernalia used for shop displays. Where the former alludes to a civic identity (and by association tradition and history), the latter suggests something altogether more transient, such as the act of shopping (or consuming). Though seemingly worlds apart, one is rarely experienced without the other. Walking through the city, we invariably pass by shops, and when out shopping we cannot avoid a notion of the civic.
Sánchez’s collages provide another vehicle through which associations are made between an amalgam of styles and design. Like her sculpture, these works possess an unlikely logic and beauty...' (Richard Hylton, Once Removed exhibition catalogue, 2008)
CV & Education
Born Lima-Peru. Lives and works in London
2005-2007 MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, London, U.K
1994-1999 BA Fine Art, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima, Perú
In a world that laughs, DOMOBAAL, London-UK, November 2015
Oh Locura de Diamante, Vertice Gallery, awarded with Artists’ International Development Fund, January 2014
Beyond the Pearl, Standpoint Gallery, exhibition funded by Arts Council England, London-UK, June 2012
Journeyman’s Heirs, Duckett and Jeffreys, Yorkshire-UK, June 2010
Mirror Pelt, Weissfaktor, Berlin, Germany, Feb 2010
The Luxury of the Private, Arte Gene, Barrow in Furness-UK, Nov 2008
Upcoming: Concrete Bold Condensed, Galeria Garua, Lima, Peru, May 2016
London Open 2016, Whitechapel Gallery, London-UK, Sep 2015
Drawing Room Bienial, Drawing Room, London-UK, March 2015
VV Open, Vulpes Vulpes. London-UK, November 2014
IIIII, a commission for Full Circle, exhibition by Drawing Room in collaboration with UBM plc , London-UK, July 2014
Creekside Open, selected by Paul Noble, Creekside, London-UK, June 2013
Material Matters, The Drawing Room, UBM Headquarters, London-UK, October 2012 -March 2013
Through the Looking Glass, The Agency Gallery, London-UK, Feb 2012
The Knight Turns its Head and Laughs, alongside Tom Hackney, Stepheren Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich, London-UK, Sep 2011
Utopia Ltd., Highlanes, Gallery, Drogheda, Ireland, April, 2011
Creekside Open, selected by Phyllida Barlow, Creekside, London-UK, June, 2011
Proteo, Nettie Horn Gallery, London-UK, March, 2011
Utopia Ltd., Wexford Art Centre, Ireland, February 2011
Sophisticated Boom Boom (in B & W), Domobaal Gallery, London-UK, April 2010
Studio Voltaire Members Show 2010, selected by Jennifer Higgie and Rebecca Warren, London-UK, February 2010
Pure Peru, Peruvian Embassy, A selection of Peruvian artists working in UK, London-UK, July 2009
Once Removed, Unit 2 Gallery, curated by Richard Hylton, London-UK, May 2008
IV Convocatoria, Luis Adelantado Gallery, Valencia- Spain, August 2007
Red Mansion Art Prize, Lethaby Gallery, London-UK, March 2007
New Worlds, Hengrove Art Gallery, exhibition funded by the British Arts Council, Bristol-UK, February, 2006
Spike Open, Spike Island, Bristol-UK, May, 2005
Curating Zero Degree Archive, Spike Island, Bristol-UK, January, 2005
Awards and Residencies
Winner of The Red Mansion Art Prize awarded residency in Beijing, China, for research and art production. August-September, 2006
Shortlisted by Henry Moore Institute, Research Fellowship 2008
Publications and Writings
Shared Gifts, essay to accompany exhibition Beyond the Pearl, Rebecca Geldard, June 2012.
Moves, Throws and Plays, essay to accompany exhibition The Knight Turns its Head and Laughs, Ed Krcma, University of Greenwich, Summer 2011.
Journeyman’s Heirs, Carmen Cerbreros Urzaiz, April 2010
Once Removed: New work about Location, Richard Hylton, Unit2 Gallery (May 2008), London
The Issue of Locality, or Becoming a Local, Lizi Sanchez, in Eddie Chambers (ed.) Avon Calling (July 2006), Bristol: Spike Island.
David Altmejd and Lizi Sanchez in London, by Jeanine Woolard, NY Arts Magazine, published Vol 19 September 2012
A Gift of an Art Show, by Eliza Williams So Different So Appealing, published 12 July 2012
Rebbeca Geldard’s Top 10 London Shows in May and June 2010, Saatchi Online, published 10 June 2010 http://magazine.saatchionline.com/articles/artnews/rebecca_geldards_top_10_london_11
Research Projects/ Lecturing
TIPP International, Tihany, Hungary
Guest Lecturer and Tutor
International Postgraduate Program and collaborative research initiative between the Visual Arts Department at Goldsmiths College and the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts.
April 2007, September 2007
Interp Group, Spike Island, Bristol, U.K
Artist research group funded by Spike Island that investigates the strategies artists adopt in their relations with the institution and the audiences.
August 2004 – July 2006