Writer & Photographer: JC Rodriguez
Ronald Sanchez keeps just about everything he finds. He's not a pack rat, but he can see the beauty in these otherwise discarded items. Where you may see a wooden pallet, where he sees a new canvas. Broken street signs and empty paint cans you may see as trash, where he sees art. We visited Ronald in his Little Haiti studio inside Laundromat Art Space. His studio, an environment that is constantly changing is a feast for the eyes. From the central wall fully covered with his recognizable drips, to the 1960’s chair layered with paint constantly morphing. Ronald Sanchez is an artist to watch. Ronald and the Miami art scene seem to be on parallel upward tracks. We sat down with him in his space and asked him about his craft and the inspiration behind it all.
How did you get started in art, what's your earliest memory?
My earliest memory is when I was a kid I used to draw these stick figures on the back of my notebooks. Later the stick figures then turned to these stylized cartoons as I got older. When I was a teenager I got curious to try different mediums, so I enrolled into an after school art workshop at the Bakehouse Art Complex in Wynwood.
Who inspired you to become an artist?
I'd have to say my ex-girlfriend. She pushed me to follow my calling and pursue my dreams. She gave me the confidence to push forward.
How would you describe your art?
My art is about visual poetry and conceptualism. I like to repurpose materials in all forms and use typography as my primary vehicle of expression.
Who would you say is the biggest influenced in your art?
All-time favorite is Rauschenberg, who doesn't like him? One of my favorite living artist right now is Pixie Pravda who works in Brussels.
Why do you communicate through text based art? What do you love about it?
When I first started, I used to paint abstracts, and often people questioned what it meant. I feel with text you get what you see; it's in your face. For me it's the easiest way to convey a message.
What is the item you use most in your studio?
I would have to say that my go-to item is flat black spray paint.
What is your favorite item in your studio?
My favorite item is this 1960's vintage secretary chair I inherited from a friend. I've painted over it so many times. It's never finished.
What do you want to accomplish with your art?
I just want to continue doing what I'm doing. It would be really nice to do it in a larger scale. I'd like to have more shows outside of Miami, that's one of my goals for this coming year. But overall I just want to keep creating art.
What are you currently working on, any shows or projects?
I took a break from creating this summer. I was teaching in a lot of art workshops more than anything. I am looking into doing artist residencies outside of the country and continue expanding my reach.