lola montejo
All of the places Lola Montejo has lived has influenced her aesthetic in ways that are as layered as her work itself.  Lola was born in Portsmouth, England but since her family is originally from Spain, they returned to Madrid when she was very young. 

During their years in Spain the Montejo family lived in the arts district of Madrid. Lola's grandmother was an artist and her dad was singer, so their home became an informal salon where musicians and artists often visited and  whose conversations sparked an appreciation and understanding of art in Lola. 

​The the Montejo family traveled a lot until finally settling in the United States when she was a teenager. For a period of time, the family lived in New York. There Lola first experienced American abstraction, and the New York School artists’, and was drawn to their unrestrained freedom of expression. 

Each of these diverse places and people informs and inspires Lola’s work and serves as a foundation for Lola’s formal education; earning her BFA from the Metropolitan University of Denver where she studied on a full academic scholarship. Soon after, Lola did graduate studies from the University of Colorado Denver in Art Education and from there she continued her education at Azusa Pacific University in California where she earned her MFA.

Lola's early artistic training was focused more on classical and representational painting. Then, her last year as an undergraduate, Lola spent a summer in a residency in France. During a visit to the Musée Picasso in Paris, she was reminded of her childhood admiration for Picasso and her ever-present connection with abstraction. Awakening of her affinity for abstraction was inextricably imprinted in her aesthetic after that experience and  then Lola began painting abstractly from that point on.
 
Lola Montejo currently lives and teaches painting and drawing as a adjunct professor in Denver, Colorado.



BORN: 1973, Portsmouth, England

EDUCATION​
​2014 - 20017 Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, MFA
​1999 - 2001 University of Colorado, Denver, CO, Graduate Studies in Educational Pedagogy
1996 - 1998 Metropolitan State University of Denver, Denver, CO, BFA
1997 - Study abroad, Paris, France

EXHIBITION HISTORY
 
2018     Sangre Colorado, invitational show, Center for Visual Art Metro State, Denver, Colorado
 
2017    Changarrito in Action a Cultural Collective, group show, Museo Amparo, Puebla City, Mexico
             Force, solo show, Robert Bullock Gallery, Azusa, California
             For Your Consideration, MFA Showcase, Chinatown Los Angeles, California              
 
2016    Foundations, solo show, Core New Art Space, Denver, Colorado
            Blink, Evoke Art Gallery, Group show, Los Angeles, California 
            Armstrong Oil and Gas Art Show, Denver, Colorado
            The Denver Modernism Show, Denver, Colorado
 
 2014     Madrilenia, Solo Show, Core New Art Space, Denver, Colorado 
              Works on Paper, Fort Worth Arts Center, group show, Fort Worth, Texas
              Sumner French Soirée at the Denver Botanical Gardens, group show, Denver, Colorado
            
 2013    Tennyson Street, Red Handed Show, Invitational Artist, Denver, Colorado
             Chac Gallery, Sabor Latino, Members Show, Denver, Colorado
             Reserve List Winery, Expressions of the Landscape, solo Show, Denver, Colorado
                       
2012     Negative Space, group show, The Fu Collective Plus Gallery, Denver, Colorado
             Galleria MDF, La Colección Changarrito, Ink Drawings 1, 2, and 3, Mexico City, Mexico
             Dazzle, Art Talk, Solo show and Art Talk, Denver, Colorado
             Ten times Ten, Invitational Artist, Sellars Project Space, Denver, Colorado
 
2011     Marianneplats, Anonyme Zeichner, Drawing Exhibit, Berlin, Germany 
             Fine Line, Museo de Las Americas, invitational artist, Denver, Colorado
                      
2010    Thornton Civic Center, Hispanic Heritage, invitational show,Thornton, Colorado
             Denver Alliance Francais, Art of Giverny, group show, Denver, Colorado  
             Englewood Arts Center, juried Art Show, juror: Jenifer Ito, Englewood, Colorado
 
PUBLIC WORK
Red Line, Mural of Colorado, Denver, Colorado
City of Derby Colorado, Wall of Women, A Sense of Place, Derby, Colorado