Alberto Sanchez

Alberto Sanchez

Spain / Australia


Spanish/Australian Alberto Sánchez is a photographer and multi-media artist based in Byron Bay, Australia. He prints, hacks and re-invents his own photographs using a unique hand-colouring technique, creating his own form of magic realism from a hybrid reality of physical and imagined worlds where photographic documentary is meshed with improbable landscapes.
Sánchez rediscovers the world through his viewfinder and re-visions that experience through his textured layering and evocative palette. His body of work explores the notions of urban expansionism, capitalism and how individuals define themselves in an increasingly overloaded sensorial environment.
Represented by Retrospect Galleries in Australia Alberto has exhibited extensively at Art Fairs in Europe, USA, South America, and throughout Asia where a significant portion of his work is photographed. Alberto has been gaining recognition from both institutions and commercial galleries around the world. His work has appeared in many press articles and publications.


I grew up in a small town in Castilla (Spain), an area surrounded by medieval castles, Roman aqueducts and Gothic cathedrals, culture and traditions that are still very much anchored in old Roman hierarchical structures. Moving to Australia 10 years ago, I have been able to reflect with the safety of distance, on how our identity, defined by place and time yields to the ever present spectre of change.
Our cities are torn between the ever-expanding commercial needs of a capitalistic culture and the human struggle to reclaim space. I explore the interaction between citizens and their landscapes and the modern rituals of everyday life in commercial centres. The hyper-expansionism in the cities I photograph represents the best and worst of contemporary urban consumption and the impacting result on human life.
My intention is simple: to alter our perception of the modern urban landscape. In the same way that a graffiti artist tags a train or a company posts a billboard advertising the latest iGadget, I manipulate and intervene with these photographs. I have painted, scratched and altered by means of physical action and free hand graffiti, creating a unique piece with each work. In a simple and spontaneous manner, I pervert those photographs not just as a means of rebellion but also to re-arrange the message. My characters are set free to teem and detach themselves from the restraints of the factual, to indulge in a limbo, a deluded parallel reality.


2000-2002Apprenticeship Photography with Manuel Blanco - Madrid - SPAIN
2000Diploma Performing Arts - Ballyfermot College - Dublin - IRELAND
1994Certificate Advance Photography course - Mexico City - MEXICO


2018Art on a Postcard, Invited Artist, Paddle 8, London, UK
2017Solo Show, Hamstead AAF, UK, Retrospect Galleries
2017Solo Show, Goodwin Gallery, Hamburg
2017Fotoistanbul, Istanbul, Turkey, Invited Artist
2015Presagio, Solo Exhibition, Lismore Regional Art Gallery, NSW, Australia
2014Whistler Village Art Gallery, Canada - Exhibiting artist
2014Amstel Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Exhibiting artist
2012Capturing Light - Retrospect Galleries - Byron Bay - NSW
2011El Duelo Solo Show - Retrospect Galleries - Broadbeach - Gold Coast - QLD
2011Hybrido Solo Show - Queensland Centre of Photography - Brisbane - QLD
2011Shutter Speed - Retrospect Galleries - Byron Bay - NSW
2010Carnies Kooks & Clowns - Retrospect Galleries - Byron Bay - NSW
2010Tattooed - Retrospect Galleries - Byron Bay - NSW
2010El Mar Mi Alma - Retrospect Galleries. Byron Bay - NSW


2018Art Context, Miami, FL, USA
2018CCP Salon, Centre of Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia
2018AAF Hamburg, Germany
2018Legacy - Your Collection Our Story, Monash Gallery of Art, Vic, Australia
2018AAF NYC, New York, USA
2018Boarder Art Prize, Tweed Regional Gallery, NSW, Australia
2017Represented artist Nobel Gallery, Oslo, Norway
2017AAF: London, New York, Hong Kong, Brussels, Hamburg, Stockholm
2017Represented artist Kunthuizen Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland
2017Represented artist Retrospect Galleries, Byron Bay, Australia
2017Scope Art Fair, Miami
2016Scope Art Fair, Miami Beach, Retrospect Galleries
2016AAF: London, Hong-Kong, Singapore, Stockholm, Hamburg
2016Asia Contemporary Art Fair, Hong Kong
2015Context Art Miami, USA, with Amstel Gallery
2015Art Silicon Valley, San Francisco, USA, with Amstel Gallery
2015Asia Contemporary Art Fair, Hong Kong
2015Photo Contemporary, LA, USA, with the Queensland Centre of Photography
2015AAF: London, Singapore, Hong-Kong, Seoul, Stockholm, Hamburg
2014Amsterdam LXRY, Amstel Gallery, The Netherlands
2014AAF: Sweden, Germany,The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Singapore, London, Italy, Belgium
2013AAF: Sweden, Germany, The Netherlands, Singapore, Hong-Kong, Italy, Belgium
2013Asia Contemporary, Hong Kong
2012Art Toronto, Canada
2012AAF: Singapore, Mexico, New York - USA, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden
2012Shanghai Contemporary Artfair - Shanghai - China
2012KIAF Artfair - Korea
2012Arthamptons - The Hamptons - NY - USA
2011Sunshine Coast Art Prize Finalist Exhibition - Caloundra Regional Gallery - QLD Prometheus
2011Visual Arts Award Finalist Exhibition - Merrimac - QLD
2011HeadOn Alternative Portrait Awards - Sydney and Melbourne
2010Art Sydney - Royal Hall of Industries - Moore Park - NSW
2010Art Melbourne - Royal Exhibition Hall - Carton - VIC
2010HeadOn Alternative Portrait Awards - Sydney and Melbourne
2009Olive Cotton Award - Tweed Regional Gallery - NSW
2009HeadOn Alternative Portrait Awards - Sydney and Melbourne
2008Olive Cotton Award - Tweed Regional Gallery - NSW


2013Finalist in the Bowness Photography Prize
2013Finalist in the Wilson Visual Arts Award
2011Finalist - Sunshine Coast Art Prize
2011Finalist - Prometheus Visual Arts Award
2011Finalist - HeadOn Alternative Portrait Awards
2011Finalist - Brunswick Gallery Photography Prize
2011Semi-finalist - Doug Moran Portrait Prize
20111st Prize - Photography - Byron Bay Arts Classic
2010AIPP QLD Portrait Photographer of the year - Runner Up
2010HeadOn Alternative Portrait Awards - Shortlisted
2010Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) National & Qld Awards - 1 Silver Distinction Award - 8 Silver Awards
2009HeadOn Alternative Portrait Awards - Finalist
2009HeadOn Alternative Portrait Awards - People’s Choice Award
2009Olive Cotton Portrait Award - Highly Commended - Tweed Regional Art Gallery, NSW
2009Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) National & Qld Awards - Portrait & Wedding Categories - 1 Silver Distinction - 6 Silver Awards
2008Olive Cotton Portrait Award - Finalist - Tweed Regional Gallery
2008AIPP National & Qld Awards - Portrait & Wedding Categories - 5 Silver Awards, 2 Bronze Awards
2007AIPP National Awards - Wedding Category - 2 Silver Awards