Lola Montejo

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Lola Montejo
Thornton, Colorado - United States




Raised in Spain, under the influence of her grandmother who was a painter and her father who was a singer, artist Lola Montejo, remembers her childhood as always being around artistic minded people. She explains, that her interest in art started at a young age. I was very fortunate to grow up around artists, they taught me how to think critically. I was also very fortunate to grow up in Madrid, where there was so much art around.

I have a deep cultural and spiritual connection with my previous home. I feel most Spanish when I paint. There is something about painting that connects me to the history of Spain. Through the practice of my art making I am able to recall the encounters I had with art, architecture, monuments, or sacred places.

From line and color patterns in Spanish tiles, decorative Moorish wall motif, gilded ornamentation in places of worship, to the painting of El Greco, Velazquez and Picasso, in the course of time one period of style superseded another, but particular features remained.

There are formal qualities to Spanish art that I am interested in, that date back to prehistoric times, Romanesque, Gothic, Arabic and modern times. These qualities include, abstraction, angularity, pattern, fractious relations between forms, restricted color and a desire to turn immaterial illusions from material means.

The use of these elements, in my own art making, link me to my heritage. The relationships between contrasting parts of the painting, when experienced together reference a cultural fusion that is expressed through abstraction.

Lola Montejo, now, lives and works in Denver, Colorado. She earned her BFA in Painting and a Minor in Art History, from the Metropolitan University of Denver. She studied under artists Amy Metie and Homari Ikdea, and is currently is completing her MFA in Studio Art from Azusa Pacific University in California. Montejo is an award winning artist whose work can be found in public and private art collections worldwide.