Emmanuel C. Montoya Biography

Emmanuel C. Montoya




Emmanuel Catarino Montoya was born in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1952, and he is a descendent of Apache and Mexican heritages. Montoya resided in the San Francisco Bay Area where he attended public schools. He received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking at San Francisco State University.

The Chicano Movement of the late 1960s and 70s, the master printmakers and muralists of 20th Century Mexico and Latin America, and the Federal Art Project from Works Progress Administration in North American during the 1930s and 40s, influenced Emannuel’s style. When he was a young artist living in San Francisco, Bill Graham's 60's rock concert posters--with their splashing, colorful imagery and flowing text that represented the art and music of the time--had a strong creative impression on the art he was producing.

Emannuel Montoya taught printmaking, mural painting and drawing throughout California for 30 years. His artwork has been collected by: The Supreme Court of California; Museo Estudio de Diego Rivera in Mexico; National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, Illinois; The Library of Congress in Washington D.C.; Ft. Wayne Museum of Art in Ft. Wayne, Indiana; San Francisco Arts Commission; The Stanford University Libraries Collections in Stanford, California; Alameda County Arts Commission in Oakland, California; Southern Graphics Council Archives, Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. He has also completed numerous of public art commissions in Mission Branch Library, San Francisco, California; The International Terminal, San Francisco International Airport; College of Fine Arts at San Francisco State University, Whole Foods Market in Cupertino, California; Alameda County Arts Commission.


Source: Emmanuel Montoya