Danny J. Sanchez is a Los Angeles-based gemologist and artist. He’s a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, California and is self-taught in the art of photomicrography.
Initially inspired by the Photoatlas of Inclusions in Gemstones by Eduard Gübelin and John Koivula, Danny’s images are thoughtfully created, leveraging his gemological knowledge through meticulously-tuned photography tools.
Danny’s work focuses on detailing the imperceptible inclusions and characteristics of gemstones. His creations expose viewers to otherworldly spaces — mountainous horizons hidden in quartz, rutile embedded in sapphire and biotite floating within blue topaz — each image conceiving a seemingly endless journey into the cosmos of the infinitesimal.
His work is naturally foreign to the eye, subverting scale, depth, and composition, allowing the observer to get lost in their own intimate interpretation of hidden realities.
Danny’s work has been published in various sources including Wired, New Scientist and Gizmodo. Most recently he exhibited his art at the 3154 Collective art exhibition during Art Basel Miami to considerable acclaim. In 2015 Danny will exhibit his work in Los Angeles, Mexico City, and Brussels. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.


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