Emmanuel Catarino Montoya is a descendent of Apache and Mexican heritages and was born in the small south coastal town of Corpus Christi, Texas in 1952. He is an enrolled member of the Lipan Apache Band of Texas. For over fifty years Emmanuel has been a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area where he attended public schools and went on to college earning a Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude) and Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking at San Francisco State University.
At its core, Emmanuel’s style is a collage of influences: from the Chicano Movement of the late 1960s & 70s, to the master printmakers and muralists of the mid-twentieth century contemporary arts movements in Mexico and Latin America. He also acknowledges a number of well-known North American artists who were active 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 impression on what he was producing in his school art classes and at home. To this day, this elemental style continues to resurface in his work. Emmanuel’s specific passion as an artist 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.