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  La Danza,(3' x 5'),Cheech Marin Private Collection
La Danza (3' x 5')
Cheech Marin Private Collection

Marta Sanchez (b. 1959)

"My work is an ongoing narrative recording the existence of my family and friends. I strive to relate hope, prayers and humanity of the common man."

Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, painter Marta Sanchez is deeply inspired by traditional Mexican folk art expressions. Marta Sanchez is recognized primarily for her retablo paintings, an offspring of traditional Mexican prayer paintings. These soulful works on metal capture the deepest held wishes and dreams of her subjects, as if the artist were lighting a candle in prayer for her subject.

Marta Sanchez earned a MFA in Painting from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, and a BFA in Painting from the University of Texas at Austin. She teaches at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Tyler School of Art and the Springside School. Marta resides in Philadelphia with her husband John and son Phillip Ignacio.


Marta Sanchez
Artist/ Painter


1986 MFA in Painting, Tyler School of Art/ Temple University,
Philadelphia, PA, Temple Abroad Program,
1984-85 Tyler School of art Temple Abroad Program, Rome Italy
1979-82 BFA in Painting, University of Texas at Austin


2006    Art and Change Grant,   Leeway Foundation
2002   Window of Opportunity Grant,   Leeway  Foundation
1998-99 Simons Recreation Center Public Art Competition Winner, City of Philadelphia



Art Instructor, St. Joseph University, Philadelphia, PA
Member, The Philadelphia Museum of Art , Committee on Latin American Outreach

2004-09 Member, The Philadelphia Museum of Art Committee on Education
2004-09 Member, Inliquid.com Committee
2004-09 Member, The Free Library of Philadelphia Print and Picture Collection Committee
2000-09 Art Instructor, Springside School, Philadelphia, PA
2000-02 Part-time instructor, Tyler School of Art/Temple University
1997-02 Coordinating assistant of outreach program, Division of  Education, Philadelphia Museum of Art.
1997-08     Museum teacher, Philadelphia Museum of Art
2001-08 Member, Art in City Hall Exhibition Committee, Philadelphia PA
1997-02 Member, Philadelphia Art Alliance Exhibition Committee
1997-00 Member, Taller Puertorriqueno ’s Exhibition Committee Philadelphia , PA
1998-08 Summer  instructor, ARTSTART Program, Tyler School of Art/Temple University
1992-08 Founder and coordinator, Cascarones Por La Vida/Cascarones for Life, an annual fundraiser benefiting children with AIDS and the homeless of Philadelphia.
1997 Coordinator, Latin Artist Forum ‘97:  Mapping Creative Energy, the first citywide  created by and for Latino artist of all disciplines, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA


2003   New Works on Paper in conjunction with National Council of La Raza 35th Annual Conference,
Austin, TX
2002 Transcendental Train Yards/ and Other Stories, From the Heart, St. Joseph University, Philadelphia, PA

Solo Exhibition Guadalupe Art Center, San Antonio, Tx Transcendental Train Yard: A Narrative Landscape Pennsylvania  State University,  
Middletown, PA

1997   The Ritualistic Narratives of Marta Sanchez, 
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
1996 Con Safos/With Soul, The Walt Whitman Cultural Art Center,
Camden, NJ


2008  Vidas Hispanas, Mundos Latinos-Simplicidad y Complejidad (Hispanic Lives, Latin Worlds, -Simple Complexities), Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
Serie Print Project, Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin, TX
Celebration of visual Traditions/New Works of Diverse Pennsylvania Artists/traveling exhibition,
Penn State University, University Park, Jump Street Whitaker Center, Harrisburg, Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA Heeschen Gallery, Meadville Council on the Arts, Meadville, PA, African American Museum in Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA
Memorias a group exhibtion of Latino and Latin American Artists in the Delaware Valley
, Artesanos Gallery  Philadelphia ,PA
Frida and Me- Common Threads, Project Gallery,                                                        Philadelphia PA
CHICANO ART AND SOUL, Cheech Marin Collection                                                     Exhibition,The Muzeo, Anaheim, California
2007 Moving Culture(all over the map),Euphrat Museum, De                                                 Anza College Cupertino California
2006    Creative Exchanges, Rutgers Camden Center for the Arts
2001-03    CHICANO VISIONS:AMERICAN PAINTERS ON THE VERGE, Traveling exhibit featuring  the private collection of Cheech  Marin. San Antonio Museum of  Art, Smithsonian Museum of Science and Industry Wash.D.C., and Clear Channel Inc.
(for updated traveling info: www.chicano-art-life.com)
1999 Imagenes E Historias/Images and Histories, Chicana Altar-Inspired Art Traveling exhibition: Tufts University,Medford MA, University of  California, Santa Clara California and The University of Texas, Lubbock,  Texas Portraiture: Not by Definition, Westby Art Gallery, Rowan University,  Glassboro NJ
1999 Portraiture: Not by Definition, Westby Art Gallery, Rowan University,  Glassboro NJ

A Sense of Self: Contemporary Ethnic Women Artist  The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, Philadelphia , PA
La Expression de un Pueblo en Pennsylvania: Artistas Latinos Contemporaneos( The Expressions of People in Pennsylvania) The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg PA
Not Soon Forgotten: Homage to Paul Robeson, invitational mural exhibition Levy Gallery, Moore College of Art and Design,  Philadelphia, PA
Artist Selection ll, Two part invitational exhibit of six  recognized and six new and noteworthy artist of Latin American and Caribbean heritages. Guest Curator Doris Noguiera Rogers, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

1997   Art and Religion: The Many Faces of Faith, a multi-ethnic interfaith religious art exhibition at two sites, Villanova University Art Gallery Philadelphia, PA  and The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies,Philadelphia, PA Director Kay  Meyers(Award for Excellence in Painting)
Latino Art in the Capital, Juried exhibition in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month,  Harrisburg,PA (Honorable Mention)
The Varieties of Religious Experience,  The Painted Bride Annual Independent Curator’s Series, Curator Sid Sachs, Philadelphia ,PA
Retablos and Vessels: The Ritualistic Narratives of Marta Sanchez and Susan Donato,  Taller Puertorriqueno, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

Rome Selection: 30 Years of the Tyler School of Art,                                                 Temple/ Rome Program, Temple Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
 Ars Botanica: Art and Nature, City Hall, Philadelphia, PA


2007 Interview for Teachers Package for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Education Department
From San Antonio to Mount Airy with love(and fine art), by Jillian Byron, Chestnut Hill Local, November 2007
Marta Sanchez, Hispanic Today, September 2007
2004 Marta Sanchez,  An Artist’s Journey by Wuanda Walls in Art Matters,
Philadelphia, PA August 2004

Mestiza Aesthetics and Chicana Painterly Visions by Tere Romo, essay from Chicano Visions American Painters on the Verge, Bulfinch Press Book,  Boston, New York,  London
Aztlan in Tejas: Chicano/Chicana Art from the Third Coast
by Constance Cortez, essay  from Chicano Visions American Painters on the Verge,  Bulfinch Press Book,  Boston, New York, London
Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art: Artist, Work, Culture, and Education
, Arizona  State University    (info: www.latinoartcommunity.com)

2000 Quotable Women, Published by Running Press, Philadelphia, PA

Women Artists, 1940 to the Present  and Contemporary Latin American Artists Slide sets produced for educational purposes by Davis Art Slides, Worcester, MA

1998  Hispanic Artist in the Capital, Diana Myers-Bennett Roberts, Art Matters December 1998-January 1999, Philadelphia, PA
The Art t of Womanhood, Rene Lucas Wayne, October 16,1998, Philadelphia  Daily News
 A Sense of Self: Ethnic Women’s Perspective in Art, Deborah R. Kravetz November 1998, Art Matters, Philadelphia, PA
1997 Mothers, Published by Running Press, Philadelphia, PA
Radio Interview for Art and Religion   exhibition, Radio Times, WHYY,
Philadelphia, PA,  July
1996 Profile: Marta Sanchez, Judy Hartheimer, May 15 (Vol. 62, No. 25) Germantown Courier, (Philadelphia, PA)

Break an Egg:  David Warner’s Critic’s Pick, April 14-24 (no. 556),
Philadelphia City Paper 1995
In the Family, Abington Art Center exhibition featured by Karen Smyles,
CNN Headline News
Family in all forms is exhibition’s subject by Pheralyn,Pore,
Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA


2008 Kahlo Today: A Contemporary Artists Panel, moderator, co curator Emily Hage, Lesley Dill, Sarah McEneaney, Janet Kaplan Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Keynote speaker for the Women’s Studies Institute, University of Texas in San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
2003 Keynote speaker for the Latinas Breakfast for The National Council De La Raza 35th Annual Conferecnce in Austin,TX
Art and Activism, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
1999   Weaving the Threads for Quality Care, presenter for the                                                 Philadelphia Museum of Art ”DVAEYC & PICC Conference,                                                 Philadelphia, PA

Ties That Bind, panel discussion, The Painted Bride Art Center,
Philadelphia,  PA
Retablo Art, Guest lecture, Pennsylvania  State University,
Schuykill Haven, PA

1997 Healing Through Culture/ A  Level Playing Field,
Panel discussion for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts


2008 Art and Society, a panel and workshop for teachers in the                                                 Delaware Valley,Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia,PA
2003 Art and Activism, panel leader, National council of La Raza                                                 Conference Austin Texas
1998 Development of a Latino-Inclusive Community Based Curriculum, Latino Cultures Art Education Conference , Kutztown University
Retablo Workshop, Nexus Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA

Teacher of numerous outreach workshops in the Philadelphia School district sponsored by Taller Puertorriqueno, Philadelphia, PA
Printmaking sessions for  Taller Puertorriqueno’s Youth Artist Program, funded by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Samuel Fels Fund, and the Philadelphia Foundation


AIDS Street Banner Bilingual Project; Outreach Coordinator and Teacher, Funded by All Walks of Life, Philadelphia, PA


2002 Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia,PA
1998 Vail Visiting Artist Program, Denison University, Granville Ohio
  Coronado Studio, Austin, Texas



The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia PA
University of California in Los Angeles, Los Angeles California


La Salle University Museum, Philadelphia PA
Bill Salas, Philadelphia, PA
University of Texas, San Antonio, Texas
University of Texas at Austin, Benson Latin American Collection


Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin,TX
Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX
Dr. Gilberto Cardenas, Institute for Latino Studies-Norte Dame


The University of  Texas at San Antonio
Bob Brand, Philadelphia, PA
Ricardo Romo, San Antonio, TX


Cheech Marin, Los Angeles, CA
Print and Picture Collection, The Free Library of Philadelphia

2000 Simons Recreation Center, Philadelphia, PA
1999 The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, New Britain, Pennsylvania

Vail Visiting Artist Archives, Denison University, Granville, OH
Museum of Fine Art, St. Petersburg, FL
West Regional Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA


© 2001-2009 Marta Sanchez
© 2001-2002 Marta Sanchez