Malaquias Montoya

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Chicano poster artist and major figure in the Chicano Art Movement of the 1960s and 1970s.
Montoya was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and raised by a single mother in a family of migrant farm workers in California's Central Valley. He joined the U.S. Marines and through the G.I. Bill was able to attend the University of California at Berkeley. In 1968, Montoya founded the Mexican-American Liberation Art Front, “arguably the most influential Chicano artist collective in the movement”. • Since then he has taught at numerous universities across America. Since 1989 Montoya has held a professorship at UC Davis, teaching both in the Department of Art and the Department of Chicana/o Studies.

Malaquias Montoya

Malaquias Montoya