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Biography of Ricardo Sanz


Among other paintings by request of the Royal House, Ricardo Sanz was the first official portrait painter of the Princes of Asturias.

Ricardo Sanz is a San Sebastián painter. His work is contemporary figurative style. His artistic vocation was forged through his grandfather, owner of the Art Gallery La Perfecta in which he met the great artists of the painting: Sorolla, Zuloaga, Vázquez Diaz, etc.

At fourteen he began his training as a painter with José Camps, while he continued his studies until graduating in History from the University of Deusto and Art History in Madrid.

In Paris and Italy continues his apprenticeship with prominent painters of the time. Finally, he settled in Madrid, where he lives and has his studio since 1980; always linked to San Sebastian, his hometown, where he spends long periods.

His painting is the result of different influences. His early paintings are inspired by Basque and French impressionists, in range of soft and gray colors and in the humid atmosphere of the city is present.

Ricardo Sanz 80 and 90, the painter who settled in Madrid, draws on classical painters (Velázquez, Van Dyck or Rembrandt), and all the painting of the nineteenth and the Spanish School.

At the same time, he meets the great figurative painters and portraitists of the moment as Macarrón, Torrents Llado, Antonio López or Revello de Toro, which served to enrich their artistic spirit and knowledge at the highest level of figurative painting.

His palette becomes stronger and more colorful; His mature work with a modern and refreshing air, mixing exquisite composition with a refined technique and a special mastery of color and light, printing a modern and original touch that manages to reflect with special expertise the effects of light, which becomes protagonist of his paintings.

The pictorial work of Ricardo Sanz reflects a perfect mastery of drawing, light and color, is idealized and precious, you get the best out of each model and translate it into the canvas. His portraits, a current modernity, have pictorial tradition and wisdom.

It is considered one of the great portrait painters of the time. Personalities of royalty, aristocracy, politics or culture, demanding their jobs because they are attracted their vision model with respect and elegance.

He has won top honors, including the National Living Culture Award, the Goya Prize Foundation, or Paul Harris Medal awarded the Rotary International Foundation.

Having numerous exhibitions in Spain and abroad. Notably those in the Gallery Santiago Echeberría, with Sokoa Gallery, both in Madrid, the Echeberría Gallery in San Sebastián, as well as his artistic retrospective at the “Casa de Vacas del Retiro” Cultural Center in Madrid.



Ricardo Sanz en su estudio
Ricardo Sanz in his studio

Ricardo Sanz pintando
Ricardo Sanz painting

Ricardo Sanz with the Princes of Asturias

Ricardo Sanz at Antonio López house

Ricardo Sanz con el príncipe Felipe
Ricardo Sanz with Prince Felipe

Ricardo Sanz imagen
Ricardo Sanz picture