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Published on March 07, 2022

Jerry Montoya

For the past two years Jerry Montoya has worked within close confines of the modest home that he shares with his family. Drawn on 3 x 3 inch Post-It Notes, the artist sketched portrait after portrait of his wife and two children while confined to their home during the COVID-19 Pandemic. These are spontaneous notations, and Montoya’s marks, their movement and gesture are gentle caresses upon both the miniscule paper as his eye visually caresses his subjects. Each small sketch is a love letter to both his family and the art of drawing.

Jerry Montoya, c2020-2021 dimensions variable, drawing mediums in paper

Artist’s Bio

Jerry Montoya is an artist born and raised in Stamford, CT. As a young child growing up in the ghetto he has found comfort in drawing for as long as he can remember. His passion grew through the years and in 2008 he graduated from Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. He has been featured in various art shows throughout the state of Connecticut. His work exposes the life many will never know. A life where hunger is common, drug dealers are admired, and the basic needs of many are ignored.

Artist’s Statement

My artwork is often autobiographical, reflecting my experiences as the son of Colombian immigrants and father to two children, one of whom has autism. Racial profiling, survival, abandonment, ambition, and family are some of the themes I explore through my art.