Artist Marta Sanchez joined the Washington Printmakers Gallery in December, 2018.
My narrative works are created as paintings and prints. My paintings on metal surface connect to the folkloric art of retablos and my works on paper are created as drawings or monotypes, linocuts, serigraphs and offset lithographs. While some of my monotypes are created in my studio other works have been produced at notable printing studios. Two of the main printing studios I have worked with are Coronado Studio in Austin, Texas and The Brandywine Workshop and Archive in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Other places have been in universities such as Tyler School of Art in Rome, Denison University in Granville, Ohio and the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio.
I have created single prints and suites in both studios, the suites include: Philly/Four Seasons was created at Brandywine workshop (2017) and Transcendental train yards (2014), and Exquisite Corpses (2016) were created at the Coronado Studio. I am grateful for the opportunity to create these prints at both locations.
Transcendental Train yards is my largest edition of prints created, the edition of 50 has so far been collected by universities and museums in the United States as well as private collectors. Some of the collectors consist of The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, the Harvard University, The University of Notre Dame, the Mexican Museum and Cheech Marin. Of the fifty created only twenty are now available. This collection was also printed into a book of the same title and is a collaborative work with the poetry of poet and folklorist, Dr. Norma E. Cantú. This suite was created to offer insight on the Mexican experience with the train yards, and insight to the creative process of visual and literary arts as Latina/Chicana artists in contemporary times.
The Exquisite Corpse suite consist of my collaboration with Brazilian artist Doris Nogueira Rogers, and Puerto Rican/Columbian artist Michelle Ortiz. The work is a based on the reflective response to the exhibition of Frieda Kahlo’ s work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2011. It offered us a moment to draw instinctively our own personal thoughts of art and art making as a Latina artist. We came to the table with a blank slate and created in a spontaneous manner. I recently decided to hand paint my editions in gouache. The suite was divided into three groups for each of us to add according to our own thoughts and directions.
The Brandywine suite of Philly four season is a collaborative of suites by four Philadelphia artists featuring the works of Robert Roesch, Gustavo Garcia, Frank Hyder and Ted Agoos. The work was part of a public art initiative for Brandywine Workshop and Archive. Over the years my work on paper and my paintings have merged in style. My prints have a painterly quality and my paintings have aspects of printmaking since I use stenciling and stamp as part of my process.
— Marta Sánchez
Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Chicana artist 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. Her paintings are mainly on tin or industrial corrugated metal. The materials, scale, and issues connect to present day concerns.
Marta has been working on a series of paintings of the San Antonio train yards near her childhood home. Through these paintings, she explores 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 from 2001 to 2006, as well as Mr. Marin’s 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 an MFA in painting from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, and a BFA in painting from the University of Texas at Austin. She taught at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for over seventeen years and now teaches at St. Joseph 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.