Edgar Sánchez Cumbas was born in Puerto Rico, and raised in seven cities in the east coast United States. As a result, artist Sánchez Cumbas developed keen observation skills needed to adapt to the constantly changing surroundings. His most impactful memories belong to the cultural and visual transition he experimented when moving from the South Bronx to the central Florida region as a young teen. Continuous exposure to new environments and cross-cultural experiences over three decades presses Sánchez Cumbas to explore his own inner landscape producing the rich narratives he has employed during his artistic career. Sánchez Cumbas attended the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration in 1994. While studying in Savannah, he focused on perfecting his storytelling technique through editorial illustration. In 2005, Sánchez Cumbas had his first solo show at the Gulf Coast Museum of Art. That same year his work was selected by Dr. Jeffrey Grove, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art, to be included in a regional biennial at the Tampa Museum of Art, where his work was added to the permanent collection. His paintings have been collected throughout the United States and abroad for over 20 years. Recently, 17 of his paintings were acquired for a private collection in the North Kowloon Magistracy of Hong Kong.
Those who are familiar with Sánchez Cumbas’ work have come to recognize his unique mark, no matter the style or story that is unveiled as his work progresses. Since 2009, Sánchez Cumbas has been exploring contemporary abstract expressionist themes by returning to the fundamentals of purist painting. With a strong desire to research and develop his voice through his work, in 2013 he obtained a Master of Fine Arts at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Provincetown, Cape Cod. The exploration of identity has driven the underlying content of his work and how our differences in perspective directly relate to our own interpretation of our environment as living beings.