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Emmanuel C. Montoya

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Puro Alma Apachicano!, 2012 Color Linocut Print 12"x17" © copyright@2012 by Apachicano Art Productions
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Bring On Song and Celebration!, 2010 Color Linocut 26"x18" © copyright@2012 by Apachicano Art Productions
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Homage to Leopoldo Méndez: No! A la Bendición al Poder Nuclear!, 1987 Linocut 24” X 18” © copyright@2012 by Apachicano Art Productions
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Icon Amongst Icon, 2004 Prismacolor Pencils on Rives BFK Paper 30” X 22” © copyright@2012 by Apachicano Art Productions
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Homage to Lydia Mendoza: La Reina Tejana, 1990 Linocut 56” X 36” © copyright @ 2012 by Apachicano Art Productions
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Lydia!, 2010 Serigraph With Watercolor 23" X 17" © copyright @2012 by Apachicano Arts Production
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¡Viva La Tradición! (Long Live the Tradition!), 2007 Color Linocut 19” X 12” © copyright @ 2012 by Apachicano Art Productions
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Las Manos de Aztlan, 1989 Linocut 18” X 16” © copyright @ 2012 by Apachicano Art Productions
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Eye of the Beholder, 1993 Color Linocut 30” X 22” © Copyright @ 2012 by Apachicano Art Productions
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Reclaiming Language & Culture, 1992 Mix Medium on Museum Board 40” Diameter © copyright @ 2012 by Apachicano Art Productions
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Quetzalcoatl: Deity of Knowledge and Culture, 1997 Color Linocut With Mixed-media 6’ X 3’ © copyright @ 2012 by Apachicano Art Productions
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n`de, 2010 Serigraph 16” X 22” © Copyright @ 2012 by Apachicano Art Productions
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Wen Ch`ang: Deity of Chinese Literature, 1999 Color Linocut 5” X 3” © Copyright @ 2012 by Apachicano Art Productions
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Guardian Angel, 2011 Color Linocut 11” X 8” © Copyright @ 2012 by Apachicano Art Productions
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Las Memorias , 2009 Linocut With Watercolors 12" X 9" © Copyright @ 2012 by Apachicano Art Productions
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Homage to Eugenio Abrego: La Calavera Norteña, 1989 Linocut 30” X 18” © Copyright @ 2012 by Apachicano Art Productions
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Calaveras Norteña, 2011 Serigraph 23" X 17" © Copyright @ 2012 by Apachicano Art Productions
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Las Campesinas, 1988 Linocut 18” X 12” © Copyright @ 2012 by Apachicano Art Production
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La Måscara, 1984 Linocut & Woodcut 15” X 12” © Copyright @ 2012 by Apachicano Art Production
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Untilted (self-portrait) , 1995 Lithograph 9” X 11” © Copyright @ 2012 by Apachicano Art Productions
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War is a Blind Patriot, 1991 Color Linocut 24" X 18" © Copyright @ 2012 by Apachicano Art Productions
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Trinidad Norteña (Musical Trinity), 1989 Tryptich Linocut 49" X 29" © Copyright @ 2012 by Apachicano Art Productions
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Urban Azules, 1987 Color Linocut 4" X 3" © Copyright @ 2012 by Apachicano Art Productions
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Entre la Luna y Nosotros (Between the Moon and Us), 1984 Linocut and Woodblock 12" X 10" © Copyright @ 2012 by Apachicano Art Productions
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Måscara, 1993 Color Linocut 18" X 13" © Copyright @ 2012 by Apachicano Art Productions
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Corpus Christi
Birth year
1952
Lives in
Berkeley
Works in
Berkeley
Schools
SFSU (San Francisco State University)
Representing galleries
Back to the Picture Latin American Gallery; The Annex Gallery; The Framery Gallery; Calabi Gallery;
Tags
printmaking mixed-media, sculpture
Statement

“My specific passion is for the relief print. The art of printmaking is not just one impression -like a single painting or drawing. Printmaking is many impressions, thus allowing a multitude of participants to engage in a cultural tradition. As a master printmaker, I cherish this creative process the most—it is my contribution to society and it is my vision to carry forward this age-old technology to meet the print technologies of the 21stcentury”.        Emmanuel C. Montoya

Emmanuel a descendent of Lipan Apache and Mexican heritage and was born in the small south coastal town of Corpus Christi, Texas. Emmanuel is an enrolled member of the Lipan Apache Band of Texas.  For some forty-eight years Emmanuel has been a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area where he attended high school and went on to college and earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking at San Francisco State University. 

At its core, Emmanuel’s style is a collage of many influences, from: the Chicano movement of the late 1960s & 70s to the master printmakers and muralists of contemporary Mexico and Latin America, and the contemporary art movement in North America during the 1930s and 40s. When he was a young artist growing up in San Francisco, Bill Graham’s 60’s rock concert posters - with their splashing, colorful imagery and flowing text that represented the era and music of the time - had a strong creative affect on him.

To this day, this elemental style continues to resurface in his work. Emmanuel’s specific passion is for the relief print, which has a rich history and artistic tradition that goes back some 100 years - from the printmakers of Mexico, Latin America and the United States.

For the past thirty years, Emmanuel has taught printmaking, mural painting and drawing in diverse venues that range from community-based organizations to university classrooms. Emmanuel’s collections and commissions include: Standford University Libraries Collection; U.S. Library of Congress; “Bring on Song and Celebration”, Alameda County Art Commission; Museo Estudio de Diego Rivera in Mexico; Mexican Fine Arts Center in Chicago, IL; “Quetzalcoatl: Deity of Knowledge & Culture” public artwork located in the Mission Branch Library, San Francisco, CA; The “Casablanca Room” Murals in the College of Creative Arts at San Francisco State University; The Supreme Court of California; and wood-sculpted shore birds as part of the mural, “Santuario” a work of public art at the San Francisco International Airport.