Offset Litho, 30" x 22" - 1973


Credited by social historians as one of the founders of a "social serigraphy" movement in the San Francisco Bay Area in the mid-1960's, Malaquias Montoya has inspired generations of artists. He has dedicated his life to informing and educating those neglected and exploited peoples whose lives are at risk in milieus of racism, sexism and cultural oppression. He continues to exhibit extensively and has widespread appeal demonstrated by the variety of locations where he shows his work. The group exhibitions have been important to him in that they put him in touch with artists whose political and artistic philosophies are in agreement with his own. They have enabled him to collaborate on issues relevant to those communities and seek ways of resolving problems that impact them.

Selected Exhibitions
One Person Exhibitions

  • 2007 -- present   "Globalization & War - The Aftermath, Works by Malaquias Montoya" Currently: through March: Centro Cultural de la Raza, San Diego, CA Exhibition Premier: Crystal Cove Auditorium Lobby, UC Irvine Student Center, Irvine, CA. Exhibition has traveled to 7 different venues in 3 states (see complete listing at link below)

  • 2006   "Works by Malaquias Montoya; A Voice for the Voiceless," Exhibition Premier: Kellogg Library, California State University, San Marcos, CA. Exhibition has traveled to 3 different venues.

  • 2004   "PreMeditated, Meditations on Capital Punishment, new works by Malaquias Montoya," Exhibition Premier: Mestrovic Studio Gallery, The Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN. Exhibition has traveled to 12 venues in 6 states.

  • 1998   "LuchARTE, a one person exhibit by Malaquias Montoya," Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, TX, March 19 - April 24

  • 1997   "The Art of Protest: The Posters of Malaquias Montoya," MACLA, San José Center for Latino Arts, San José, CA; July 19 - August 23

  • 1997   "Malaquias Montoya: 1997 Adaline Kent Award Exhibition," San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA; June 5 - July 13

  • 1996   "Malaquias Montoya: Prints and Drawings," Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, November 10, 1995 - January

Two Person Exhibitions

  • 2009   Community Open House & Grand Opening of Taller Arte del Nuevo Amanecer (TANA), Exhibition by Malaquias Montoya & Carlos Jackson, Woodland, CA December -- May

  • 2009   Latino Writers and Artists Workshop (LWAW), Latino Art, A Cultural Legacy, Exhibition by Malaquias & Maceo Montoya, Art Space Gallery, Fresno City College, Fresno, CA, November/December

  • 2009   Dos Vistas un Camino al Rumbo de la Humanidad, works by Malaquias & Maceo Montoya, The Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin, Texas, June- -August

  • 1999   "Hermanos Montoya, The Art of José & Malaquias Montoya," La Galeria Posada, Sacramento, CA December 4, 1998 - January 30 Self Help Graphics/Galeria Otra Vez, Los Angeles, CA La Galeria at the Mexican Heritage Plaza, San Jose, CA

  • 1982   The Kulturtreff, City of Erlangen's Cultural Communications Center, West Germany

Group Exhibitions

  • 2006   "Caras Vemos Corazones no Sabemos, The Human Landscape of Mexican Migraiton," The Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, September--November

  • 2006/07   "Latin American Posters; Public Aesthetics and Mass Politics, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico, September -- March

  • 2006   "At Work, The Art of California Labor," The Pico House Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, June --August

  • 2006   "The African Presence in Mexico: From Yanga to the Present," The Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, Chicago, IL, January - September

  • 2006   "Poetas y Pintores: Artists Conversing with Verse," Institute for Latino Studies, Notre Dame in partership with the Center for Women's InterCultural Leadership at St. Mary's College, & sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Notre Dame, Indiana, January

  • 2004   "Chicano Art for Our Millennium," Mesa Southwest Museum, Mesa, AZ, May 1 - September 19

  • 2004   "Re-Affirming Our Principles of Community," Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, Davis, CA, February

  • 2003   "One Struggle, Two Communities: Late 20th Century Political Posters of Havana, Cuba and the San Francisco Bay Area," Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA, Sept. - Dec.

  • 2001   "S.O.S. ARTE!" Arte Americas Plaza Inaugural Opening, Fresno, CA, June - July

  • 2000/01   "Made in California: 1900 -2000," Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2000/01   "Just Another Poster? Chicano Graphic Arts in California," Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin, TX

  • 2000   "Vecinos: Two Organizations, One Community," Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles, CA, Self-Help Graphics, Exhibition Print Program, May-August

  • 2000   "Vecinos: Two Organizations, One Community," Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles, CA, Self-Help Graphics, Exhibition Print Program, May-August

  • 1998   "The Role Of Paper, El Papel del Papel," Affirmation and Identity in Chicano and Boricua Art: Exhibition premier: Sala Central of the Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Espanola; La Puntilla, San Juan Puerto Rico. Traveled to 3 other venues in 3 states.

  • 1990   "CARA: Chicano Art, Resistance and Affirmation, Wight Art Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

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