Mario Sanchez, Daily Lectures at 2:00
The Gallery on Greene proudly represents Key West’s first woodcarver, lauded Mario Sanchez, 1908-2005, and his many disciples, living and past.
Mario was critically acclaimed as the most important Cuban American Folk Artist of the 20th Century. His motto was "One Race, the Human Race". He believed in the Great American Dream with a humorous twist. Mario Sanchez's passion was depicting the people of Key West & Tampa. His unique technique of sketches & intaglios of Florida's & Cuba's treasured history involve the humanistic values of a rich cultural community filled with the traditions of immigrants of diverse geographic and ethnic origins.
Represented in the collections of The Smithsonian, The Whitney, and The Bacardi Museum, Mario is the only native Floridian to have had one-man exhibits with The Museum of the City of New York, American Folk Art Museum, and Cuba’s National Museum of Fine Art. Mario Sanchez has led the way for three and a half generations of Key West artists relating their stories in wood.
Intaglios of Mario Sanchez, Wayne Garcia, Andy Thurber and from prestigious estates are available from The Gallery on Greene. Daily lectures at 2:00 PM explain the techniques and stories of native artists.