Vicente Gandía (March 20, 1935 – March 9, 2009) was a Mexican artist of Spanish origin who is best known for his depictions of nature and buildings. He originally trained to be an architect but abandoned this in favor of art, but with his art career beginning by drawing interiors. His major break came in 1968, with international expose which led to greater demand for his work. Recognitions for his art include membership in the Salón de la Plástica Mexicana, two awards from the same institution, a homage to the artist sponsored by the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia while still alive and two others after his death, one with the Festival Internacional Cervantino.
Vicente Gandía was born in Valencia, Spain in 1935 to Maria Sanz de Gandia and Sr. Luis Gandia. He immigrated as a teen with his mother and sister to Mexico in 1951 to live with his uncle. The family settled in Mexico City, where the artist lived until moving later in life to Cuernavaca.
Shortly after his arrival in Mexico he enrolled in the architecture program of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México but dropped out two years later. He devoted himself to painting instead, becoming self-taught.
He had an art career that spanned over fifty years, remaining active in this work until his death. Gandía died on March 9, 2009 from a heart attack in Cuernavaca just short of his 75th birthday. He was survived by his wife, Andrea Velasco, and two children, Antonio Gandía and Xihuitl Mariana Gandía, the latter having been nominated an Ariel Award for Best Costume Design in 2017 for the film El Sueño del Mara’akame, and the former eventually having 3 kids of his own, making them Vicente’s only grandchildren. Vicente’s son, Antonio married actress Christina Pastor in 2015. It’s also worth noting that Vicente had another son in 1970 who unfortunately did not survive until birth.