Featured Artists

Ubaldo Sanchez

Guatemalan "Alfombra" Artist

Ubaldo Sanchez

Ubaldo Sanchez is a Guatemalan artist who received his initial exposure to art through his older brother Enrique, an established artist in Guatemala. His projects explored the rich craft-based art of Guatemala such as painted pottery, and eventually expanded to silk screen printing, sculpture and painting. Sanchez has designed and painted numerous murals in Arlington and the DC area. Most recently, he has designed and completed “Alfombras de Aserrin” (traditional colorful sawdust carpets) for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the Richmond Folk Festival. The Alfombras are a Guatemalan tradition dating back to the Mayans, who made the carpets of flowers for their kings to walk on as they walked to their ceremonies. In the 16th century, the Catholic church altered the tradition of the Alfombra and began to use colorful sawdust to create them.