“To take into care what is precious and sacred to indigenous people and facilitate the passing of

indigenous knowledge and cultural values from one generation to another”.

Emerging Indigenous Voices:  A New Generation of Artists

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Lead Faculty Artist . . . Emmanuel Catarino Montoya

Emmanuel Catarino Montoya is 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-four 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 such as: 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 has taught printmaking, mural painting and drawing in diverse venues that range from community-based organizations to university classrooms and is considered to his peers as a master printmaker. Emmanuel’s collections and commissions include: The Supreme Court of California; 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 Arts at San Francisco State University; and wood-sculpted shore birds as part of the mural, “Santuario” a work of public art at the San Francisco International Airport.

As the lead faculty artist, Emmanuel will oversee the activities of the project’s curriculum and  teach a class in relief printmaking.




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Artist Statement: My 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 Latin America and the United States. As a printmaker, I cherish this creative process the most - it is my vision to carry forward this age-old technology that is now evolving to meet the print technologies of the 21st century.

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