Sanchia Lewis was born in Blackheath, in 1960. After completing her Foundation year at Medway College of Design, she studied printmaking at the City and Guilds of London Art School, passing her certificate in Advanced Printmaking with distinction, in 1982. On leaving college, she trained as an editioner with the etcher, Paul Bisson, before receiving an award from the Princes Trust, which enabled her to set up her own studio, near London Bridge.

Sanchia has exhibited widely in the U.K., Holland, France, the former Soviet Union and the United States. In 1993, she was awarded First Prize in the Portobello Open Exhibition and in 1995, the Marlborough Gallery Prize at the National Print Exhibition.

Now living near Peckham Rye, she works from her studio in a converted stable building by the side of her house, producing prints and paintings.


The sources of her inspiration are varied – the activities of her two cats, a walk in the country, ancient artefacts, a piece of treen, an antique rug – but filtered by her subconscious mind, they evolve into richly textured, brightly coloured works functioning as the visual diary of a very lateral thinker, combining symbolism, humour and, sometimes, a dreamy, other-worldly quality.