Ruben Sanchez

The Spanish street artist bringing his unique style to the UAE's urban landscape
Monday , 21 March 2016
Ruben Sanchez
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Ruben Sanchez
• When I was a kid, my parents received a note to say that I’d been kidnapped by skateboarding and graffiti, which was something of a metaphor for how the streets shaped my art and me.
 
• When I started out, it was more like a game, it was about spreading your name higher, bigger and in harder places all around the city – but in time, it became more about style, colours, possibilities and creativity. 
 
• It’s evident that my work is influenced by the urban culture of my native Spain, as well as the works of the great Spanish masters like Dali, Picasso and Miro.
 
• I’ve been working in Dubai thanks to a residency programme run by Tashkeel, a contemporary art organisation committed to facilitating art and design practice, creative experimentation and cross-cultural dialogue. 
 
• In 2015, I painted a seven-storey building in Jordan, took part in the Life is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas and participated in a group exhibition entitled It’s Summertime! on the streets of East London. 
 
• In 2016, I wish to continue to give life to my artworks. My sketchbooks are my most prized possessions.  
 
• I love living in the UAE for its Arab culture, its weather and the possibilities it presents.
 
Instagram: @zoonchez
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Website: zoonchez.tumblr.com