Lola Montejo creates abstract expressionistic paintings that are the results of layering seemingly incongruous materials, textures, colors, techniques and processes that result in intriguing compositions that slowly reveal themselves.  Lola’s paintings are the synthesis of ideas and reactions to her materials.  The structure of her paintings begins with deliberate shapes and marks but as she builds or deconstructs the surface, it becomes an organic process, a conversation between the artist, her materials, and the work of art.

Exploring the lines between contemplative and spontaneous painting; she edits and reworks the use of marks and shapes. This is the beginning of an open dialogue with her media and all those possibilities, while at the same time creating constraints that stimulate her discovery.

Marks take on their own lives as she carefully builds or deconstructs layers. This process creates neither an infinite depth, nor flatness, but instead a space generated by movement and shifting events on the canvas. Believing that color is a structure, she starts with a few color choices and progressively challenges those decisions by throwing in unusual mixes. Lola sees the qualities of space and layering of colours in her work as a visual language where gesture is manifested and at the same time is measured.  Lola explains, “The cutting and fragmentation of my marks carry and destroy ideas. Like an iceberg, what surfaces is only a measure of what exists beneath. ”

Interested in the processes of transformation and reinvention,  Lola’s works of art are the visual results of layers of radical contradictions. They are created using an organic process of deliberate discovery based on unpredictable construction.  A process that is about knowing when to embrace expectations, rules, desire, control, and even fear, but equally as important as knowing when to let them go.

Lola Montejo is a Professor at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. She has exhibited her work in Colorado; California; Texas; Mexico City, Mexico; and Berlin, Germany.  Her work is represented by William Havu Gallery in Denver, Colorado and  Oehme Graphics in  Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
 

curriculum vitae

 EDUCATION
2014 - 20017   M.F.A.  - Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA
1999 - 2002      University of Colorado, Denver, CO

1996 - 1998       B.F.A. - Metropolitan State University of Denver, Denver,, CO
1997 -                   Study abroad, Paris, France
SELECTED EXHIBITION HISTORY
SOLO & DUO SHOWS                  
2019     Women of Abstraction, William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO   
2018     Ordered Disorder, Core New Art Space, Denver, CO
2017   Force, Robert Bullock Gallery, Azusa, CA
2016   Foundations, Core New Art Space, Denver, CO
2015   New Contrast, Core New Art Space, Denver, CO
2014      Madrilenia, Core New Art Space, Denver,  CO

2013      Impressions, Reserve List , Denver, CO        
 2013     Juego, Core New Art Space, Denver, CO
2011      La Costa Blanca, Core New Art Space,  Denver, CO 

2009      Elemento, Sellars Project Space, Denver, CO
CORPORATE, PRIVATE & MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

Polsinelli Law Firm, Denver, CO
Hoogwater Law Company, Littleton, CO
Griffis Parmer Clubhouse, Austin, TX
Sage Brook Business Center, Denver, CO

The International Barter Company, Alicante, Spain
Changarrito, Premiant Collection,  Mexic-Arte Museum, Puebla City, Mexico
GROUP SHOWS
2021      Into the  Rear Mirror,, Lone Tree Art Center, Lone Tree, CO
2020      Pink Progression, Arvada Center, CO
2019     Colorado Abstract + 10 , Arvada Center, CO
                 Art of the State, Arvada Center, Arvada, CO
2018     FRCC 50th Anniversary,  FRCC, Westminster, CO
               Sangre Colorado, CVA Metro State, Denver, CO
               Plan Sight, Exit Gallery, West Covina, CA
 2017    Hyper Objectivity, Exhale  Gallery, Los  Angeles, CA  
               Changarrito Collective,  Museo Amparo, Puebla City, Mexico
               For Your Consideration, Exhale  Gallery, Los  Angeles, CA                    
2015     Celebrate, 35-years show, Core New Art Space, Denver, CO
               Blink, Evoke Art Gallery, Angeles, CA
               The Denver Modernism Show, Denver, CO
2014     Works on Paper, Fort Worth Arts Center, Fort Worth, TX
               Soirée Denver Botanical Gardens, Denver, CO
2013     Tenn Street Art, Street Art, Denver, CO
                Sabor Latino, Chicano Humanities and Art Center, Denver, CO
               Anythink community Arts, Opening Gala for Anythink Libary, Thornton, CO
2012     Negative Space, The Fu Collective Plus Gallery, Denver, CO
                MDF, La Colección,  Drawings 1 & 2,  Mexico City, Mexico
                Abstract on the Edge, Englewood Arts Center, Englewood, CO
                Dazzle, Art Talk, Denver, CO
2011     Marianneplats, Anonyme Zeichner, Berlin, Germany
               Fine Line, The FU Collective, Denver, CO
               Positive Art, Curtis Art Center, Denver, CO
               Red Handed, Tenn Street Art, Denver, CO
2010     Thornton Civic Center, Hispanic Heritage, Thornton, CO
                Denver Alliance Francais, Art of Giverny, Denver,  CO
                Englewood Arts Center, juror: Jenifer Ito, Englewood, CO
               Armstrong Oil and Gas art gala, invitational event, Denver, CO

             
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & AFFILIATIONS

2017/2018     Adjunct Professor,  Front Range Community College, CO 
2009/2016     Member and Gallery Liaison, Core New Art  Space, CO
2012/2015     Board Member, Chicano Arts &  Humanities, CO
2011               Visiting Artist, Gold Crown Foundation, CO
2008               Apprentice to Maximo Gonzales, Museo de  las Américas, CO