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Bryan Ali Sanchez: 'In Search Of'

Barrio Logan-born and raised painter Bryan Ali Sanchez has a new exhibition of paintings on view now at Bread & Salt — viewable by appointment during their gallery hours. Masks are required.

Sanchez's work studies inequality in the working class, cliche and trauma associated with border culture, and his own experience of "misplaced identity" as a first-generation Mexican-American.

His works are vivid and textural: thick oils and noticeable, exaggerated brush gestures, but there's a contrasting softness and abstraction in the level of detail — both specific things in the scene and emotion on faces or bodies. His pieces almost always have a body but only some feel like portraits. These are huge paintings, so if you're willing to make an appointment to see them, you'll be rewarded. You can also get a good sense for Sanchez's work online.
--Julia Dixon Evans, KPBS

Now on view in the Bread & Salt main gallery, viewable by appointment.
Gallery hours 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
Masks are required. For appointments Direct Message on Instagram or just stop by during gallery hours and follow the instructions at the gallery door.

Bryan was born and raised in Barrio Logan and was most recently our Bread & Salt Artist in Residence in our Special Projects Studio.

Excerpt From "New American Paintings" website -
"My paintings deal with the inequalities of class structure, depicting the hardships of the working class. As a first-generation Mexican-American, I also investigate the psychological effects and complexity associated with misplaced identity.

"As a painter, I try to make sense of this ordeal by confronting Mexican hyperbolic clichés with an honest intent to display the realities of Mexican people and the traumas surrounding the Tijuana border.

"My approach to oil painting is expressive in terms of paint handling. I employ the tactility and physicality of paint, using gestural marks to depict the figure and landscape, hoping this will mirror the complexities surrounding these issues. The idea of the fight-or-flight response is portrayed by the figures in various scenes and coincides with my intuitive approach in reworking a painting. I try to evoke this experience through my color palette, as it is both invented and derived from observation. The compositional structure in each painting is created from personal experiences and the recollection of stories I have heard throughout my life."

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Above: Promotional graphic for the Bryan Ali Sanchez exhibition "In Search Of" courtesy of Bread & Salt Gallery.

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