Mario Sanchez, Cuban American, October 7th, 1908 - April 28th, 2005
Critically acclaimed as the most important Cuban American Folk Artist of the 20th Century he received one-man exhibitions in major museums from New York’s American Folk Art & Museum of the City of New York to Cuba’s National Museum of Fine Art. 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.