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Meet Art Sanchez

In this photo I am heading to my home in Mexico. It was a long overdue vacation. As you can tell by my smile, I was extremely happy. My vacations consist of relaxing, exploring, tasting new foods, tequila concoctions, and of course doing artwork. Working on my art pieces gets me into the zone. Nothing in the world matters when I am creating.

I learned long ago as an Art Therapist that the creative process involved in expressing one's self artistically can help people resolve issues as well as develop and manage their behaviors and feelings, reduce stress, and improve self-esteem and awareness.

In addition to sculpting, I have formally studied drawing, painting, and print making, as well as iconography and art history.While completing my undergraduate art studies at CSU Fresno, I assisted in building and using bronze casting foundry. My formal education in art therapy, followed by twelve years work in the social service arena, lends greatly to my art expressions and concepts.

I am at present living in Zapopan, a province of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico with my wife Teri Saya.




  • Reedley Community College, A.A. 1971 (Art)

  • CSU Fresno, B.A. 1980 (Art)

  • CSU Sacramento, M.A. 1982 (Art Therapy)

  • CSU Fresno, M.A. (more)


  • Gallery Assistant for Naked Gate Studios, The Sea Ranch, CA 1996

  • Resident Artist.  South Coast High School, Point Arena, CA 1994 - 1997

  • Board of Directors. Gualala Arts Center, Gualala, CA 1995 - 1996

  • Arts/Crafts Teacher for developmentally disabled adults.  Stockton, CA 1984 - 1986

  • Design and construction of stage sets.  Sacramento, CA 1982 - 1984

  • Art Director, Vietnam Vet House.  Sacramento, CA 1981 - 1984

  • Staff Artist, Valley Decorating.  Fresno, CA 1979 - 1981

  Show Installations:

  • Naked Gate Studios, Gualala, CA 1997

  • Gualala Arts Center, Avant Guard Show, Gualala, CA  1997

  • Students Against Drugs Art Show, Point Arena, CA 1996

  • YWCA, Kids from Domestic Violence Art Show, Fresno, CA 1990

  • A Very Special Art Show, Sacramento, CA 1985

  • Vietnam Vet House Art Show, Sacramento, CA 1983


  • Main Street Gallery, Point Arena, CA 1997

  • Avant Guard Art Show, Gualala, CA 1996

  • Group Exhibit, Fig Tree Gallery, Fresno, CA 1980

  • Gallery 25, Men About Women, Fresno, CA 1979

  • Soup Kitchen Gallery, Santa Fe, N.M. 1975

  • Governor's Art Show, Sacramento, CA 1974

  • Dolphin Gallery, Gualala, CA 1994, 1997, 1999

  • Point Arena City Arts, Point Arena, CA 1998, 2000

  Also Worked As:

  •  Co-Owner, Office Manager and Installer of an Internet Service Provider

  • Casino Security Guard

  • Community Security Guard

  • School Counselor

  • Campground Manager

  • Innkeeper

  • Bartender


I am a dog person....


This is a photo of my special little guy, Poncho Ponchito Sanchez. A purebred, short-legged Jack Russell Terrier, he was my little shadow and co-pilot. He loved to ride in the truck and went everywhere with me. He was only six years old when he was diagnosed with cancer and died on May 11, 2012.


This is Luna Chula Sanchez. She is a very opinionated Schnauzer and my new co-pilot.  She likes to hang out at the bar.....



I enjoy music and my instrument of choice is the congas


I was once a baby (believe it or not)