The U.S. Postal Service will honor Emilio Sanchez on the anniversary of his 100th birthday with four commemorative Forever stamps featuring his colorful architectural lithographs and paintings.
News of the Emilio Sanchez Forever stamps is being shared with the hashtag #ArtistEmilioSanchezStamps.
The Honorable Roman Martinez IV, vice chairman, U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors
Erik Stapper, trustee, Emilio Sanchez Foundation
Elizabeth Goizueta, author and lecturer, Romance languages and literature, adjunct curator, McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College
Victor Deupi, senior lecturer, University of Miami, School of Architecture
Jeffrey Duerk, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, University of Miami
Richard Blanco, 2013 presidential inaugural poet for President Barack Obama, memoirist and associate professor, Florida International University
Thursday, June 10, 2021, at 11 a.m. EDT
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The U.S. Postal Service today celebrates the art of Emilio Sanchez (1921-1999) on the centennial of his birth with four new stamps featuring his colorful architectural lithographs and paintings. The pane of 20 stamps showcases Sanchez’s architectural works: “Los Toldos” (1973), “Ty’s Place” (1976), “En el Souk” (1972) and “Untitled (Ventanita entreabierta)” (1981). The dedication ceremony was held at the LnS Gallery in Miami. “The Postal Service is pleased to salute Emilio Sanchez, an artist best known for his brilliant collection of architectural paintings and lithographs,” said USPS Board of Governors Vice Chairman Roman Martinez IV, who noted Sanchez is the first Cuban American artist to have his work honored on a U.S. postage stamp. Sanchez explored the effects of light and shadow in his art to emphasize the abstract geometry of his subjects. His artwork encompasses his Cuban heritage as well as his long life in New York City. Combining naturalism and abstraction, Sanchez’s architectural paintings and lithographs are not precise renderings but rather subjective interpretations of reality. His early subjects included houses and other buildings in Mexico, the Caribbean and the United States, where he became a naturalized citizen in 1968. However, he remained especially drawn to Cuban architecture, which features a rich mix of Victorian, colonial and rustic rural styles. By the 1970s, Sanchez had widened his focus to include buildings in Morocco and in other Mediterranean countries. He also found continued inspiration in the cityscape of New York, which became more prevalent in his works of the 1980s and 1990s. Antonio Alcalá served as art director and designer for the Emilio Sanchez stamps, which are being issued as Forever stamps. The selvage features a photograph of Sanchez taken by Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte in June 1993.
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