Natalia Sanchez was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico in 1992. After graduating high school, she moved to Columbus, Ohio, where she graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design in May of 2015, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with a Minor in Art Therapy.
Sanchez is interested in exploring mental and emotional realities. Her use of symbols and representational forms ground her abstract concepts, which develop into surreal, psychological realms.
She began painting murals in January of 2017, her first one being in Santurce , Puerto Rico. This first mural, which she titled “Despierta Boricua” (Wake Up Puerto Rican) makes a clear political statement in support of an alternative agricultural movement taking place on the island. This work is a powerful call for Puerto Ricans to take action and transcend their current economic crisis on the island. After she painted this mural, Sanchez was quoted in a National Geographic article titled “7 Cities to See Powerful Street Art.” She stated that Puerto Rico is “continually being stripped of its riches,” forcing people to move to the United States looking for work. She believes that the only hope is returning to work the islandʼs fertile land and “creating a self-sustaining and sovereign country.” Since then she has made over 15 murals between Puerto Rico and Columbus, including a piece for Warhol and Wall Street Design Company and a 1,400 sq. ft mural at Trism, a restaurant owned by the A&R Creative Group.