Printmaker and painter, Marta Sanchez was born in San Antonio, Texas. She earned a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. 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 are mainly on tin or industrial corrugated metal has led her to create sculptures and receive public art commissions.
Her work is in the collections of The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, The McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas; The Fine Art Museum of St. Petersburg, Florida; and The National Museum of Mexican Art in 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.
She taught at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for over seventeen years and now teaches at St. Joseph’s University. 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 at Austin.