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Monty Montgomery - Biography
Monty Montgomery began exhibiting his work in 2002. Born and raised in Virginia, Montgomery loved black lines and bright colors at a very young age and was influenced by his mother who was a kindergarten teacher. “I started doing art really young,” Montgomery says, “grabbing crayons and markers and trying to fill in good old-fashioned coloring books. I remember having a massive amount of coloring books and being able to sit for hours with my mom at the kitchen table trying to get each page perfect.”
Through his teenage years Monty discovered that his visual connection with unique situations was becoming more and more a substance for him to use in creative ways to express his inner works of art. In his junior year at Longwood University, he launched Cilli Original Designs and began spreading his word through clothing, paintings, poetry, stickers, and culture. Montgomery went on to earn his BFA from Longwood University in 1998 and took his first graphic design job with U.S. Graphics in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Montgomery made the move to Charlottesville, VA in 1999 to design for Musictoday.com. While taking on various design projects in the music/surf/skate industries across the USA, Montgomery operated, and curated, C.O.D. Gallery & Studios on the Downtown Mall in “C-VILLE” and joined forces with the “SOA” Sound of Art in NYC. After many great years in Virginia, he made the move to Boston, MA in 2006 to expand his vision. “Almost every single one of my pieces has a specific meaning to it, a vibe, a feeling or message that I want you to take in and walk away with,” Montgomery says. “I not only want to hit you with my vision of color and lines, but even more so with the message within each creation. My job is to create art that makes you feel.”
In 2008 Montgomery made the move to a new studio in San Diego, California and launched the next chapter of his career. He is currently based in San Diego and continues to focus on his works and take on various projects of all types across the map. Montgomery combined forces with J Feather in 2012 to form “KREASHUN” and with Tony Philippou in 2016 to begin the “KALEIDOSKULL” Project, a collaboration of both artists’ visions and talents coming together to create one lucid dream of experience through art exhibitions and upon walls around the World.