Zilia Sánchez

Zilia Sánchez is a Puerto Rico-based Cuban artist.  She started her career as a set designer and an abstract painter for radical theatre groups in Cuba before the Cuban revolution of 1953-59. Sanchez makes shaped abstract works that have erotic overtones. She works in a pre-war wooden studio in the Santurce neighborhood of San Juan, where much of her artwork was destroyed by water damage in 2018 during Hurricane Maria. Her work was included in the influential exhibition Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-85 at the Brooklyn Museum in 2018. She is a feminist pioneer in contemporary art. Her Amazonas series features female warriors highlighting the female form[8] and her work has been described as having “sensual contours”. Her artwork has been described as “overlooked” and “rarely seen outside of Puerto Rico.”

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