Juan Sánchez earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The Cooper Union School of Art in 1977, and in 1980, a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers University. His mixed medium paintings, prints, photographs and video installations have been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, Egypt and Latin America. Sánchez has had solo exhibitions at EXIT ART, P.S.1/MoMA Contemporary Art Center, El Museo del Barrio, the 1994 5th Havana Bienale, Bronx Museum of the Arts and El Museo de Historia, Antropologia y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico.
Juan Sánchez: Printed Convictions: Prints and Related Works on Paper, curated and organized by Alejandro Anreus, Ph.D. and The Jersey City Museum, became a national tour exhibition from 1998-2000. Fellowships and grants include the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the Joan Mitchel Foundation, Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and the National Endowment for the Arts . His work is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, El Museo del Barrio, El Instituto de Cultura Puertorriquena in Rio Piedras, PR and El Centro Wilfredo Lam in Havana, Cuba, among others.