The photographic eye of Leandro Sanchez, award winning photographer has been influenced greatly by his diverse
upbringing on three continents, which helped formulate his unique outlook on life as witness to 3 world cultures as well their as rich natural landscapes.
Leandro was born in Venezuela at the entry of the 1970's. The grandson of a known
Venezuelan political figure of the 1950's and 1960's who fought against the dictatorship
and established democracy in the country, Leandro's mother's family was extradited to
Cuba and then the USA/NYC as a child until her family was allowed to return to
Venezuela after the dictatorship toppled. There she met Leandro's father, a chemical
engineer, whose roots include a proud association to his indigenous Guajiro Indian
heritage. Hence Leandro was soaking in differing political ideologies even as he was
learning to speak...
Leandro moved with his family to Paris as a child while his parents attended graduate
school in France, living mere blocks from the visual feast of Luxembourg garden. In
Paris Leandro was immersed in French culture, civilization and language for nearly 4
years until he moved back to Venezuela at age 8.
Leandro's privileged life in Venezuela as a youth in private schools and as a culture-
sponge teenager allowed him frequent trips to the USA where he learned English with
his Miami cousins and where Leandro also developed a lifelong passion for New York
City, his eventual home. This diverse, tri-continent lifestyle began to drive Leandro
toward the questioning mind, discerning eye and his adventurous spirit that is at the
core of his work. Though he came from a fortunate lifestyle, Leandro never bought into
the elite mentality that prevailed in his class and time, this rather has made him battle
the obvious disparities that exist in Latin American society between rich and poor.
Leandro left Venezula at 18 to return to Paris to attend University (La Sorbonne, "Cours
de langue et Civilization Francaise") where he began his adult visual artistic journey -
Leandro attended film school ( E.I.C.A.R) and soon began working as a scout for film and
commercials in his early 20's. Leandro would head off alone from Paris, armed only with
a camera and a notepad, visually scouring France, Spain, and beyond for the best scenic
locations, which helped enormously to guide his knowledge and taste for seeking out
perfect light, for finding the beautiful and the unique in both nature and in civilization.
It didn't take long for Leandro's keen eye and filmic sensibilities to catapult him into the
director's chair, and in his 20's Leandro began his career as a professional Director of
Commercials in Paris. By 28, Leandro moved across the Atlantic to find his intellectual
mate: New York City, where all cultures collide and meld in modern balance. In
Manhattan, Leandro spent his free time photographing and painting when he wasn't
directing commercials on locations around the globe.
Leandro was introduced to his visual spiritual mate when his wife (then his girlfriend)
showed Leandro the splendor of the vast North American deserts on his birthday in
2000 while on a trip to California - even though Leandro didn't turn his professional aim
fully toward photography for another 10 years, Leandro had met one of his strongest
visual muses in the stark beauty of the West's deserts, and he couldn't help but aim his
lens on the vast canvas of nature there.
Also along this visual trail, Leandro turned his aim toward painting, and his indigenous-
inspired murals earned gallery exhibitions in NYC (TriBeCa and elsewhere in Manhattan),
plus a duo show in the Miami design district participating at the Basel Art Fair in the
2005. Now Leandro's gallery showings in New York and London are featuring his unique
visual photographic works (T.O.A.S.T in NYC, London's St.Bride Foundation Bridewell
Theater). His photography continues to gain accolades as Leandro's work is featured not
only in galleries but also in print, digital magazines, photography sites, art critics' picks
and most recently the photo essay magazine LIFE Force UK, which only grabs monthly
some of the top photo essays and photojournalism made around the globe. Leandro was
chosen in July 2011 to participate with his photo essay of RAMONA GARDENS, one of the
most dangerous neighborhoods in the globe. Leandro's visual photo reportage grasped
the very core of the off-limits gang culture.
Whether Leandro's photographic series are portraying stark nature, social portraits,
mythical creatures, cityscapes or enigmatic light/strobe painting, Leandro's visual
complexity and diverse background are stunningly apparent - his rich cultural mesh
continues to influence his art expansively, in his fight to show how when all forces unite,
the certain result becomes pure beauty.
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