A Chicana artist, Montoya's own personal quest in image-making is the discovery and articulation of Chicano culture, and the icons which elucidate the dense history of New Mexico. Montoya's is an autobiographical exploration, but one that has far reaching implications for both her community, and the preservation of its unique history. "As a Chicana artist, my work, interpreted as an alternative to the mainstream, stands as a personal statement that evokes an identity. I aspire to originate the artist's voice," states Delilah Montoya. Her work, however, is more than a personal statement, for it is rooted in and informed by history.
Delilah Montoya was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1955. Her early work was inspired by the Cartier-Bresson's notion of decisive moment soon this documentary approach gave way to alternative approaches that incorporates mark making and graphic skills with photographic processes. Her images range from large, colorful photographs to intriguing assemblages comprised of gauche, printing and photography. Her current works documents female boxers as the honorary Malcriada.
Montoya has lectured at the Museum of Fine Art in Santa Fe, the Albuquerque Museum, The Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, and the Wight Gallery at the University of California in Los Angeles and is an Artadia recipient. Her work has been exhibited throughout New Mexico, Texas, New York, California, France, and Mexico. Several of her pieces were in the monumental traveling exhibit "Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation."