Jonathan Sanchez Noa

2023 Aim Fellow

Artist Statement

Jonathan Sanchez Noa (b.1994) is a Cuban-American multidisciplinary artist. His visual art practice is informed and influenced by personal ritual, spiritual and vision interpretation of the world. Through papermaking techniques, he imprints tobacco stain patterns directly into raw pulp slabs. A process informed by an interest in material symbolism and African diasporic traditions. Jonathan utilizes tobacco as a medium to reconstruct narratives of displacement in relation to cultural and religious significance. His work explores the concept of creolization as a methodology of construction and material culture research. He conveys ways of understanding a particular Creole experience that is rooted in ideas of resilience.

Jonathan received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 2020. Recent exhibitions of his work include Vernacular À la Mode at Prizm, Miami, FL (2022); Rastros en el tiempo at The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, New York, NY (2022); and Kunstnernes Efterårsudstilling at Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark (2021)

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