Juan Montoya is well known for his guitar playing in MonstrO, Cavity, Torche, Stallone and Killer Be Killed. However, what many are finding out is that he has a talent for making wild, psychedelic art.
Montoya paintings provide passage to an intergalactic realm of neon beauty dominated by fierce and powerful warrior women that are accompanied by extraordinary mythical beasts. His images express the heat of the moment in battle and the passionate celebration of victory. Imagine your own movie soundtrack as you view his images.
Montoya was born in Cali, Colombia. His passion for art started at an early age with pencil drawings of the Lone Ranger and his beautiful white horse, Silver. His grandmother noticed that his drawing were becoming an attraction for the kids in the neighborhood so she entered him in a small art competition, which led to a spotlight in the local paper. Self-taught and ready for the USA, Montoya and his family moved to Miami in 1979.Once in Miami, Montoya continued his love of art, which was dominated by superheroes and the super rock band KISS. His love of art and music continued to grow and, in his teens, he picked up the guitar. Learning from Metallica records and eventually joining a band, Montoya went from playing backyard parties to touring the world.
Montoya put down the pencil and brush for a few years, but eventually music led him back to the canvas. A local hardcore punk band asked him to do an album cover. Then came a collaboration with Aaron Turner to do the album cover for Montoya‘s band Torche. Since then Montoya has done illustrations for Skrillex, Grace Potter, ASG, Le Bàs, BLOWFLY, Danko Jones, and many more.