Featured Artist Leonardo Montoya

Mixed media artist Leonardo Montoya’s intimate and expressive portraits capture the spirit of his subjects. Learn more by visiting his website.

 

“Andrea Lilac” Mixed Media on Wood, 36” x 48” by artist Leonardo Montoya. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Andrea Lilac” Mixed Media on Wood, 36” x 48”

 

I’m a mixed media artist. My work is figurative and moves between reality and fantasy. It is also influenced by the Retro art movement; showing nostalgia with a dose of cynicism and detachment.

 

“Dali with Eggs” (“Dali de los Huevos”) Mixed Media on Canvas, 36” x 72” by artist Leonardo Montoya. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Dali with Eggs” (“Dali de los Huevos”) Mixed Media on Canvas, 36” x 72”

 

I come from Medellin, Colombia. I grew up in the times of the cartels when violence rampaged all over the country and reflected in families and society. For me, art was an escape. In spite of all the chaos, I was able to evolve and face my fears and obstacles to appreciate the beauty of my people. We can all relate to physical, emotional or psychological pain; but, most important to me, is the resilience of the human spirit.

 

“Kumari Girl” Mixed Media on Canvas, 10” x 10” by artist Leonardo Montoya. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Kumari Girl” Mixed Media on Canvas, 10” x 10”

 

Growing up surrounded by a loving community of women gave me a different perspective on the notion of family. Because of this, a great deal of respect and admiration for women is always reflected in my work.

 

“Ava Pink” Mixed Media on Canvas, 36” x 48” by artist Leonardo Montoya. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Ava Pink” Mixed Media on Canvas, 36” x 48”

 

When I migrated to the United States, I felt the need to be a good ambassador for my culture. I came from the land of the eternal spring and I carried the colors of its flowers on my palette.

 

“Desert Flower” Mixed Media on Canvas, 15” x 30” by artist Leonardo Montoya. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Desert Flower” Mixed Media on Canvas, 15” x 30”

 

For me, becoming an artist was something very organic. From a very young age, I developed a fascination for the human form, superheroes, and Greek mythology. I was always a dreamer.

 

“Frida Blue” Mixed Media on Wood, 42” x 64” by artist Leonardo Montoya. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Frida Blue” Mixed Media on Wood, 42” x 64”

 

I couldn’t afford a formal education in arts, so in my adolescent years I took art workshops where I learned about painting materials and techniques. Also, on a more personal level of interest, I studied anatomy and the proportions of the human figure.

 

“Topless Frida” (“Frida de Pelos”) Mixed Media on Canvas, 36” x 72” by artist Leonardo Montoya. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Topless Frida” (“Frida de Pelos”) Mixed Media on Canvas, 36” x 72”

 

I didn’t think I would have a career in art, but in a very subconscious way, I never stop pursuing my dream. Fortunately, my innate talent overpowered the emotional and economic adversities.

 

“Audrey with a Hat” Mixed Media on Canvas, 72” x 48” by artist Leonardo Montoya. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Audrey with a Hat” Mixed Media on Canvas, 72” x 48”

 

At the same time, my message and voice have been developing little by little when I choose subjects such as cultural diversity, gender equality, migration and the empowerment of women. It’s hard not to be influenced by reality and this moment in history that I live in.

 

“Audrey Magenta” Mixed Media on Wood, 72” x 42” by artist Leonardo Montoya. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Audrey Magenta” Mixed Media on Wood, 72” x 42”

 

By creating art, I am making a statement that I hope provides a different perspective on the subjects I portray and that on the whole, make this a better world. I always do this with a deep sense of respect and admiration for the characters that I portray.

 

“Road to the Well” Mixed Media on Canvas, 24” X 48” by artist Leonardo Montoya. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Road to the Well” Mixed Media on Canvas, 24” X 48”

 

My journey up until now has taken me to different countries and cultures. My observations make me believe that art can break cultural and personal barriers, and bring us closer together as humans.

 

Artist Leonardo Montoya in his studio with a piece from his "Life Bearers" Collection. See his portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

Artist Leonardo Montoya in his studio with a piece from his “Life Bearers” Collection

 

We may be diverse at the bottom and equal at the top, but with technology such as social media that is available now, it makes it easier than ever before to balance the differences.

 

Artist Leonardo Montoya invites you to follow him on Facebook and Instagram.

 

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