Printmaker and painter Marta Sanchez was born in San Antonio, TX. She earned a BFA from the University of Texas, Austin, and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University, Philadelphia.
Sanchez is deeply inspired by traditional Mexican folk art expressions. Her works on paper, consisting of linocuts and monotypes, follow the social and cultural traditions of Mexican and Chicano/a art. Sanchez’s paintings, which are mainly on tin or industrial corrugated metal, have led her to create sculptures and receive public art commissions.
Her work is in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg; McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX; The Fine Art Museum of St. Petersburg, FL; and National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago. Sanchez’s work is also a part of actor/director Cheech Marin’s extensive private collection of Chicano art. Sanchez participated in the traveling exhibition Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge, which traveled throughout the United States from 2001 to 2006, as well as Mr. Marin’s exhibition, Chicanitas/Size Does Not Matter, featuring small works from his collection.
Sanchez taught at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for more than 17 years and now teaches at Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia. She is co-founder of the grassroots organization “Cascarones Por La Vida,” which assists families affected by HIV/AIDS. Her work is currently archived at the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas, Austin.
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records