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Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Chicana painter Marta Sánchez is deeply inspired by traditional Mexican folk art expressions. Sánchez is recognized primarily for her Retablos 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. Her works on paper are mostly linocuts, serigraphs and monotypes that also follow the social and cultural traditions of Mexican and Chicano/a Art.

Sánchez worked for years on her series of paintings of the San Antonio train yards near her childhood home that became Transcendental Train Yard. Through these paintings, she explores the role of trains in Mexican migration, and the carpas, traveling circus and vaudeville troupes that performed throughout Mexico. The family connection to this series is Marta's great-grandfather, who was a lion tamer in Mexico City who died at a young age from a puncture wound received from a lion.

Private individuals, as well as the collections of the Fine Art Museum of St. Petersburg, Florida, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, and the Print and Paper Collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia have collected Sánchez's works. Her work is part of actor/director Cheech Marin's extensive private collection of Chicano Art that became a traveling exhibition,"Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge." The exhibit toured the United States from 2001 to 2007. Sánchez's public art commissions can be seen in the Philadelphia area at Simons Recreation Center and the Children's Hospital in Montgomery, Pennsylvania.

Marta Sánchez earned her 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, St. Joseph's University, Springside School and Temple University's ART START program. She is a co-founder of the grassroots organization, "Cascarones Por La Vida," which assists families affected by HIV/AIDS. Marta resides in Philadelphia with her husband, John, and son, Phillip Ignacio. Her work has been published by Running Press and various other Chicano/a Art publications.

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