Recognized as one of the leading sculptors of Costa Rica, José Sancho pursues a broad range of themes in his works, yet nature is always the most essential starting point. His unique conceptual style constitutes a fine example of a dialogue that can be established between what is local and global, particular and universal.
Although he is inspired by artists such as Picasso and Brancusi, Sancho gravitates less towards the abstract; his depictions inspired by nature and the spaces in which they are installed carry out a constant dialogue. Many of the artist’s works grow roots in their settings and thus seize the connection between the individual and the universal by being integrated into a timeless space recalling the cosmos.
Also influenced by the Hispanic and pre-Colombian art of the land into which he was born and presenting this influence with new readings, Sancho masterfully uses different media: wood, granite, marble, bronze, iron plates, and found objects allow the artist to recreate the animal forms and the infinite representations of femininity.
José Sancho was born on April 18, 1935 in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics at the School of Economic Sciences at the University of Costa Rica. Starting from 1962 he worked as an economist and as an advisor in administration in leading institutions in Central America, Europe and United States. His interest in painting and sculpture became professional by the beginning of 1970s. In 1974 he discovered that his true vocation was sculpture. To master his technique he worked at sculptures’ workshops in Italy, Romania, Mexico, Argentina, and Spain. He exhibited his works in America, Europe and Middle East and received several prizes. Sancho’s monumental sculptures are exhibited at public places of Costa Rica and the artist continues to produce incessantly in his studio which is at the same time his house in the city of Escazú.
“José Sancho: Erotic Nature” exhibition can be visited until August 6th!