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Juan Sánchez papers, circa 1972-2010

Sánchez, Juan, 1954-

Muralist, Painter, Teacher, Printmaker

Collection Information

Size: 5.4 Linear feet

Summary: The papers of printmaker, muralist, painter and teacher Juan Sánchez measure 5.4 linear feet and date from circa 1972 to 2010. The collection documents Sánchez's career through professional files that include three video recordings for a project, one video recording of an interview for the University of Colorado, correspondence, proposals, and a file regarding Sánchez's Louis Armstrong mural. Also found are printed materials, such as exhibition announcements and catalogs, invitations, magazines and journals, and posters relating to Sánchez and other artists; and artwork that includes prints and mock-ups for various projects.

Biographical/Historical Note

Juan Sánchez (1954- ) is a printmaker, muralist, painter, and teacher in Brooklyn, New York to immigrant working-class Puerto Rican parents. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cooper Union in 1977 and a Master of Fine Arts from Rutgers University in 1980. He has been the recipient of several awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship. He is known to be one of the most influential Nuyorican artists. His artwork often deals with themes of Puerto Rican identity and culture. Sánchez teaches at Hunter College in New York.


The papers were donated in 2017 by Juan Sánchez.

Language Note

The collection is in English and Spanish.


The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.