Abel Sanchez, also known as Oqwa Pi (Kachina Stick), was born in 1899 at San Ildefonso pueblo in New Mexico. He was educated at Santa Fe Indian School, where he was later commissioned to paint muralsl.
Abel Sanchez was a farmer and painter who married and had a large family. He was held in high regard by the people of his pueblo and was elected governor of San Ildefonso for six terms.
His work is in major collections including at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, the School of American Research in Santa Fe, the Philbrook Art Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the Museum of Northern Arizona. Oqwa Pi Sanchez is cited in Southwest Indian Painting by Clara Lee Tanner, American Indian Painting by Dorothy Dunn, Pueblo Indian Painting by J.J. Brody, When the Rainbow Touches Down by Trentje Seymour, American Indian Painters A Biographical Directory by Jeanne Snodgrass and the Biographical Directory of American Indian Painters by Dr. Patrick Lester.
Abel Sanchez's work was included in the exhibit "Beautiful Resistance: Works on Paper from the Heard Museum Collection" May 22 - December 2005.