Chicana artist Marta Sanchez @ Diálogo 365
October 9, 2011 § Leave a comment
Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Chicana painter Marta Sanchez is deeply inspired by traditional Mexican folk art expressions. Sanchez is recognized primarily for her ex-voto “retablos”-formatted paintings, an offspring of traditional Mexican prayer paintings. Her works on paper are mostly linocuts and monotypes that also follow the social and cultural traditions of Mexican and Chicano/a Art.
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 toured the United States between 2001 and 2006.
This year Marta will be featured in Mr. Marin’s new tour of Chicanitas, an exhibition based on small format works from his collection. Chicanitas is currently featured at the Mesa Contemporary Museum of Art in Mesa Arizona. He work is also part of a five-year traveling exhibition scheduled to begin in October of 2012 titled WE ARE YOU. Both traveling exhibitions hope to share the works of Latin American artists throughout the U.S. and Europe.
The Texas-based Wings Press is scheduled to release a book on the collaborative suite of train prints by Marta Sanchez and texts by Norma E. Cantú titled Transcendental Train Yards on October of 2012.
Marta earned a MFA in Painting from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University, and a BFA in Painting from the University of Texas at Austin. She teaches at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, St. Joseph’s University, and the Springside School. She is the co -founder of the grassroots organization “Cascarones Por La Vida”, an organization that assist families affected by HIV/AIDS. Marta resides in Philadelphia with her husband John and son Phillip Ignacio.
MS: While I have been working on my train series here in Philadelphia and visiting my family in Texas I could not help but feel the change of attitude these past few years. Ever since the economy has been a challenge in the U.S. I feel that we as Latinos have been scrutinized and attacked in the borderlands of the U.S. E-mails are prevalent with outrageous vigilante acts, anti immigration threats, and urban despair. My work is reflecting on the spirally down effect of social change here in the U.S. We all want and deserve quality of life. We, or I will continue to work towards a positive change.
MS: This was created for the WE ARE YOU international exhibition scheduled to start it’s five year tour from New York to Europe during 2012. I wanted to share my concern with everyone on the many murders being committed in Juárez on women who are just trying to migrate to the U.S. for their family and a better life. This piece will be traveling for five years throughout Europe.