Primarily recognized for her shaped canvases, Zilia Sánchez’s work is marked by her unique approach to formal abstraction achieved by the use of undulating silhouettes, stretching canvas over hand-molded wooden armatures and painting them with acrylic. Over her 65-year career, Sánchez deals in her artistic practice with the theme of duality: the feminine and the masculine, the painterly and the sculptural, the personal and the universal, the exterior body and the interior self.

Zilia Sánchez
Havana, 1926

Past Exhibitions

The Illusive Eye

El Museo del Barrio
03/02/2016 — 21/05/2016

Solo Shows


Heróicas Eróticas en Nueva York, Galerie Lelong, New York, New York


Zilia Sánchez, Artists Space, New York, New York


Construcciones en Secuencia, Casa Sofia, San Juan, Puerto Rico


Heróicas Eróticas, Museo de las Américas, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Group Shows


Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California

VIVA ARTE VIVA, 57th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

Beyond the Canvas: Contemporary Art from Puerto Rico, Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana


Verboamerica, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires Malba, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2da Gran Bienal Tropical, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Diálogos constructivistas en la vangiardia cubana: Amelia Peláez, LolóSoldevilla and Zilia Sánchez, Galerie Lelong, New York, New York

The Illusive Eye, El Museo del Barrio, New York, New York


To Whom Does the World Belong?, El Museo del Barrio, New York, New York

Looking Back: The 8th White Columns Annual, White Columns, New York, New York

2008 Circa of Puerto Rico, Feria de Arte Centro de Convenciones, San Juan, Puerto Rico


Solo, CIRCA, Puerto Rico

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Havana Country of birth: Cuba Date of birth: 1926 Lives in: San Juan, Puerto Rico