Brian Sanchez Jimenez
I was born in Santiago, Cuba on August 21, 1986. When I was younger, I had an illness called Perthes’ disease that affected my femur and prevented me from walking for five years. Because of this disability, I spent time looking at my father’s books on the universe, zoology and botany. Even though I didn’t know how to read, every day, I would try to draw the figures in each illustration. And that’s how it all began.
I still have the notebooks with those drawings, from when I was 6-7 years old. One day, thank God, my disease went away. But art was still in me. And since that day, I have only wanted to be an artist. I write this little story because I believe it is the foundation for understanding my works and for understanding me as an artist. Later, I studied at Santiago de Cuba, the provincial school of art from which I eventually graduated. Since then, I have participated in more than twenty expositions, as well as eight art shows where I have won several awards. Now, I live in Habana and am trying to find new opportunities to share my art with the rest of the world.
At their root, my paintings reflect a childhood during which I could not play like other kids, but instead was entertained by observing a small flower, a small insect, a piece of lace embroidered by my mother, etc. I think all of this is present in my work. Someone once said, “the great things in life are hidden in the small details.”
Currently my work is about love and soul. It is “Déjà Vu”, the return to innocence when I was a child. Maybe when you see my paintings you will have a little “throw back” to that time and remember the good times in your life. This style has many details and symbols which are very important to me. The umbrella is the protection of love. The circle and wheel represent the cycle of life. The moon is the light inside the dark, the good inside the shadows. The arrow, the wind, the smoke and many more are the symbols of my philosophy of life. They are all about the soul, fantasy and love. In these paintings, you will see the influence of Gustave Klimt, Marc Chagall, Joan Miro and the Flemish Masters of the Middle Ages.