Artist Paulo Montano

Paulo Caesar Montano is a contemporary, mixed media, collage artist who works primarily with acrylic paint, pen, pencil, and metallic markers on canvas with hidden messages throughout his paintings. He lives and works in Long Beach California with his wife and family. Paulo was born in Mexicali, Baja California, a city bordered by Calexico USA, and uses his cultural heritage as an influence for his work.
At the age of 7, Paulo became deeply intrigued by art and began studying artists such as Jackson Pollock, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Andy Warhol and their significance on American culture. He was especially influenced by the works of David Alfaro Siqueiros and Rufino Tamayo and their impact on and depiction of 20th century life in Mexico.
Paulo has followed in the footsteps of his influencers by visually portraying American commercialism and their need for fame by creating celebrity portraits against a background of advertisements from multiple forms of media. Along with Paulo’s stance on fame and commercialism, he also uses his art form as to advocate for positive change and celebrates the amazing accomplishments of celebrities and leaders truly deserving of recognition.

Mixed media acrylic, pen, pencil on collaged canvas size 24″x30″

“The Crowning Of Capitalism”

Mixed media acrylic, pen, pencil on collaged canvas size 24″x30″
Work made at mid pandemic things started looking darker, Killer virus, racial social unrest and death. July 2020

“Times of Turmoil.”

Mixed media acrylic, pen, pencil on collaged canvas size 16″x20″
Work made at mid pandemic things started looking darker, Killer virus, racial social unrest and death.

“Natural Selection”

This artists work is also featured in the Long Beach ArtWalk Magazine Fall Issue. The magazine can be downloaded or purchased in print here.