Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, painter Marta Sánchez is inspired by traditional Mexican folk art expressions. Sánchez is recognized primarily for her retablo paintings, an offspring of traditional Mexican prayer paintings.
The artist, 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 The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Tyler School of Art and the Springside School.
HOY EN DELAWARE - How did you become an artist? MARTA SÁNCHEZ - Becoming an artist is just a matter of doing it often and having art as a part of your everyday life. I became an artist because that was (and is) a means of expression I needed. It was therapy for me. It not only comforted me when times were difficult as a child, but it also became a way I could sort out what I saw in the world. While a writer will write his thoughts down or a singer will voice out the emotions in tones, I needed to create art to figure out how I felt about what was around me. Art is a visual way of problem solving, a visual formula to an equation. The only necessity required to become an artist is to have the passion to create without letting anything interfere in your process.
HOY - Where do you look for your inspiration? M.S. - In the beginning of my art studies, I looked at the great masters of the Renaissance and French impressionism. Later I became interested in Latin American Artists. My earlier interest refers to when I was a child and had only European art to look up to. It was not until I was