We had the good fortune of connecting with Mariana Montes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mariana, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I grew up in an artistic environment. My father was a painter and a professor of art.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve been an artist first and a physician and then a psychiatrist after in life. The medical studies and the many years dedicated to my specialty to clinical psychiatry and psychotherapy, for sometime appear to interrupt the flow of the artistic expression. It was a challenge when at certain point in my life, I felt the call again to go back to my art. I did go back to it and never turned my back to it again. Today I consider that I’ve been able to make both my worlds sort of meet half way. Today they complement each other. They feed each other in a non-verbal but vital way.
I’ve dedicated to both disciplines, one in the science side and the other more of the realm of the intuition and emotions. However, I found there’s a world that unify them in one, which it’s related to the human experience.
To develop my art, I also had to study and adjust myself to a vast set of rules. I went through that period of precise study, of mathematical and geometrical studies. Proportions, measures and structures made the space for an artistic creation to take place. So then, it’s when the artistic expression really takes place. When it acquires a body, a presence, physical and spiritual.
Through my expression in abstract art, I find places from my inner world that need to be ‘said’, need to be expressed. All this sort of exploration of myself through what comes out on my paintings have a connection with the work of exploration of the inner world full of symbols which psychoanalysis has taught us so much about. And that world is a two-way street when it comes to understand one another in a deeper way.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take my friend to a hike somewhere in the San Gabriel mountains, Monrovia Canyon Park or Arcadia. I would take them Laguna beach of a day or two at the beach and have dinner in local restaurants. I would also go to a concert at the Disney Concert Hall, possibly to a jazz concert or classic. I would take them to the Norton Simon museum, which I normally visit regularly and after to the Urth Caffe In Pasadena for coffee and cake.
Plus as far as my favorite places to eat, to name a few:
I would take my friends to Mozambique, a beautiful and delicious restaurant in Laguna Beach.
For a great Peruvian food experience, I will invite my guests to ‘Misky Misky Cocina Peruana”, in West Covina.
For a great sushi: Ichima Sushi in Pasadena and Mikomi in Downtown Monrovia.
Not to forget: Pura Vita in West Hollywood, for a great brunch or to any other meal time.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My father has been my inspiration and first master. Since I was a child he inspired me to express myself through my drawings. It stayed with me ever since that we draw and paint what we love and that our sensitivity is our main master. The master Guillermo Fernandez taught me foundations of the modern art and gave me tools for my start my abstract era. Later in life my friend and academic professor at the main School of Art in Uruguay, Gabriel Bruzzone.