Marta Sanchez : Biography
Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Chicana painter Marta Sanchez is deeply inspired by traditional Mexican folk art expressions. Her works on paper are mostly linocuts and monotypes, which follow the social and cultural traditions of Mexican and Chicano/a Art.
Marta has been working on a series of paintings of the San Antonio train yards near her childhood home. Through these paintings, she explored the role of trains in the Mexican migration through the Southern Pacific Carpas, traveling circus and vaudeville troupes that performed throughout Mexico, are the inspiration for another series that has captivated Marta's creative energies. Wings Press published a book on the collaborative suite of Carpa related serigraphs titled Transcendental Train Yards. The collaborative suite was created with Chicana poet and folklorist, Norma E. Cantú.
Her work is in the collections of The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, The McNay Art Museum, The Fine Art Museum of St. Petersburg, Florida and The National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. Marta's work is part of actor/director Cheech Marin's extensive private collection of Chicano Art. She participated in "Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge" which traveled throughout the United States, touring from 2001 to 2006. As well as Mr. Marin’s new exhibition, ”Chicanitas/size does not matter,” featuring small works from his collection. Marta' s public art commissions can be seen in the Philadelphia area at Simons Recreation Center and The Children's Hospital in Montgomery, Pennsylvania.
Marta 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 St. Joseph University. She is the Co-founder for the grassroots organization "Cascarones Por La Vida" an organization that assist families affected by HIV/AIDS. Her work is currently archived at the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin.