El Parche! Puro Tejano! by Emmanuel C. Montoya

El Parche! Puro Tejano! by Emmanuel C. Montoya

El Parche! Puro Tejano!

Emmanuel C. Montoya

Title

El Parche! Puro Tejano!

 
Artist

Emmanuel C. Montoya

  1952 - PRESENT (biography)
Year
2012  
Technique
woodcut 
Image Size
6 15/16 x 7 15/16" image size 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
4 of 35  
Annotations
pencil titled, dated, and editioned 
Reference
 
Paper
white wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
21755 
Price
$200.00 
Description
Montoya created this woodcut in honor of Esteban "Steve" Jordan, also known as "El Parche". The Grammy-nominated artist was born to migrant-worker parents in 1939 in Elsa, Texas. Jordan was partially blinded as an infant and as a result was often left in the care of the elderly members of the community, who taught him how to play music. Jordan eventually learned 35 instruments, but his primary focus was the accordian. He became known for his experimental work using fuzzboxes, phase shifters, sythesizers, and echoplex, and playing everything from zydeco and jazz to blues and rock and roll. Jordan eventually became a world-reknowned musician, playing concerts and festivals in the United States and Europe, and touring with such musicians as Carlos Santana. The German accordian company Hohner collaborated with the artist to create an instrument according to Jordan's specifications, eventually creating a series available to the public. Jordan appeared in David Byrne's "True Stories" and created the soundtrack to Cheech Marin's "Born in East L.A." He died of liver cancer in August of 2010, at the age of 71.