Image courtesy of El Museo del Barrio.

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“Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island)” is the first museum retrospective of the prolific, innovative, and yet largely under-recognized artist Zilia Sánchez (b. 1926, Havana – lives and works in San Juan). Featuring over 40 works and spanning seven decades of Sánchez’s career from the 1950s to the present, the show includes paintings, works on paper, shaped canvases, sculptural pieces, graphic illustrations, and ephemera. The selection is accompanied by a major publication and newly commissioned artist’s documentary. The exhibition title, “Soy Isla,” serves as a personal metaphor for Sánchez’s experience as an islander, connected to and disconnected from mainstream art. The retrospective traces this artist’s evolution from her early days in Cuba, her extended travels in Europe in the 1950s, her residence in New York in the 1960s, and finally her move to Puerto Rico, where she has lived and worked as an artist and teacher since the early 1970s. Throughout her prolific career Sánchez has pursued a distinctive approach to abstraction characterized by shaped canvases that hover between painting and sculpture.