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Ixrael Montes was born on November 14, 1971 in San José de Las Flores, Jamiltepec, Oaxaca. He studied at School of Fine Arts of Oaxaca, in the career of Fine Arts. After 18 years of uninterrupted painting, his work has constantly evolved, which has made him grow from the magical figurative to the abstraction and ultimately to a fusion of two genres.
On the way he has experimented with different techniques and materials. His painting is in a little graphic and contrasted, with a very ironical theme and with a very marked influence of Africanized coastal masks (used in carnivals). Until today he maintains the influence of his figures in his paintings.
White and black are still present in his painting and have complemented the range of colors he chooses for his works. In his paintings no element has its place secured, color, composition, figure or subject, everything can change or become in the process, (and almost always happens like that). When he start a painting he has the slightest idea of what he wants to achieve on canvas, but it is not enough and new ideas always come up in his realization. As a result, the tables sometimes change a little and sometimes in their entirety.
Inspiration is subjective and almost implausible. What is palpable are the different points of motivation, such as the wall of an old house that causes a trip to a universe of colors textures and shapes, the drawings of their children, or even a dream. Putting together all these sensations and the constant work, which is the most important, he has managed to reach the inspiration, which is so deep and that goes beyond pure talent.
He has excelled in his exhibitions: "Oaxacans in Nagoya Japan", University of Fine Arts; "Oaxacans in Tokyo Japan", Women's College of Fine Arts; "Amines" from the workshop of Master Takeda, Gallery of the School of Fine Arts, Autonomous University Benito Juárez of Oaxaca; "ShinzaburoTakeda" and his students in Zeto Japan; "Exhibition of Oaxaqueños", Moorish Building of the National Lottery, among many others.