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Ixrael Montes

Ixrael Montes was born in a small community of the Costa Chica, in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 1971. He spent his childhood enjoying the peculiar vegetation of his hometown and grew among cows, herons, iguanas and dogs. In 1991, when he was 19, he moved to Oaxaca City to study visual arts at Escuela de Bellas Artes de la UABJO, where he met a teacher that would become a great influence in his art and life, master Takeda. He has devoted 20 years to painting. His work references everyday scenes that generally go unnoticed by most, and has hints of irony that play with the leading roles of the characters and elements he uses in his fabrics. Montes constantly resorts to images of animals and landscapes reminiscent of his childhood.

The collections of Ixrael Montes can be found in the University Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC), Mexico City; The Institute of Graphic Arts of Oaxaca (IAGO), Oaxaca, Oax; The Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez (UABJO), Oaxaca; Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, Texas, USA. And the University Museum Casa de los Muñecos, Puebla Pue.

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