Work of Chicana Painter Marta Sanchez on Display

Monday, October 14, 2019
Marta Sanchez

Unfolding the life of Blanca Estela by Chicana painter Marta Sanchez will be on display in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Cofrin Gallery October 18-November 19. An artist reception will take place Friday, October 25, from 6:30-8 p.m.

Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, 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.

Sanchez 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 her 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.

Sanchez’s 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. Her work is also 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 Marin’s exhibition, “Chicanitas/size does not matter,” featuring small works from his collection. Sanchez’s public art commissions can be seen in the Philadelphia area at Simons Recreation Center and The Children’s Hospital in Montgomery, Pa.

Sanchez 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 more than 17 years and now teaches at St. Joseph University in Philadelphia, Pa. 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.

While on campus on October 25, Sanchez will meet with art faculty member Syd Caretti’s Voice and Vision and Studio Art classes.