Pablo Esteban Sanchez Rijlaarsdam About Me


Pablo Esteban Sanchez Rijlaarsdam was born on December 27th, 1988 in Mexico City. As the son of a Oaxacan painter Pablo had his first experience in art by watching his father paint. However, it was not until 1999, when Pablo discovered his true interest in Art. He and his family moved to the city of Leiden in the Netherlands. There he came into direct contact with the works of the great Dutch Masters such as Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Mondriaan and Karel Appel. This helped him expand his vision and create his own distinct way of thinking.

‘‘Art is an ever growing hunger to create. Kind of like exorcism. Our job as artists is
to investigate the immaculate language of life and death, in other words, Nature.’’

What started as a hobby soon became a complete lifestyle. In 2007 Pablo began to study graphic design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague. There he was known for his genuine way to work, his designs, full color and expression, already determined a signature. He graduated in 2010 with a solid goal: To live from his art and become a recognized artist.

He began showing work in Holland in places like the KABK Hall (The Hague), Jakub's Hangout (Leiden) and ACCENT (Rotterdam). His work was defined by its expressive and auto didactic language. It was not until 2011 however, that Pablo's work took on new dimensions when he moved to the hometown of his father, Oaxaca. There the young artist came in contact with his other half, completing the circle of a well-defined, expressive and distinctive style in which the art is not only produced, but also lived. A concept esta- blished as 'the language of the soul'.

‘‘Art out of necessity.’’

In his short stay in Oaxaca the young artist has painted over 250 canvasses and 500 works on paper. Making him one of, if not, the most prolific artist in Oaxaca. He is part of the reknown Oaxacan group ‘Movimiento Los Monstruos’ and has had solo and group exhibitions in places like The Museum of Oaxacan Painters (MUPO), The Institute of Oaxacan Graphic Arts (IAGO), The Cultural Center of Contemporary México (CCMC) and the Mexican Senate. Pablo´s work has visited several countries, including China, Russia, Holland, Indonesia, Singapore and the United States. He‘s paricipated in international fairs such as the Miami River Art fair, the Artemergente Bienale in Monterrey and the Mexican Affordable Art fair 2014.

Pablo’s aim is still the same, the appetite is still growing.

-Skot Tyner (from: A minute in the mind of)

Click here for a short movie about Pablo's work.