Díalogo comunitario: the art of resistance

The murder of black people by law enforcement must stop. Our response to injustice must be quick and be swift within each action. I decided to move forward with plans to do a collective art movement based out of El Paso, TX. Back in March before toilet paper was scarce, I presented this idea to some friends and now I feel empowered to move forward. I sent out a call for artist and educators and was overwhelmed with the amount of interest I received.

Nobody can question that racism, anti-blackness, police brutality, homophobia, transphobia and anti-immigrant attitudes exist in El Paso. How do we move forward if we want to make a positive impact during a world-wide pandemic? Sharing our stories is a good place to start, specifically, how some of the most marginalized voices make bold moves to highlight injustice. Last night I hosted an Instagram Live session allowing El Paso artists to start creating a sense of community, specifically for those interested in social justice movements.  I present to you the first set of dialogues as local fronterizx artists take on the issues that plague us the most. The goal is to have a collective, community-driven art movement in the near future.  Please help us reach that goal—we will need all the support we can get!

As we move forward in our planning for this collective art movement, pl

Movimiento Nocturno. Danza del venado en La Cultura Yaqui. Casando/On the hunt. Celebrating indigenous ways of knowledge building.  Muchas gracias al Maestro Rodolfo Hernández, director del Ballet Folklorico Paso del Norte por su asistencia en esta pieza. #borderlands  #elpaso #elpasoartist #fronterizos #fronterizxs #fronterizas #chicanx #chicanoart #artechicano #juarez #tucson #sonora #yaqui #mexico #mx #tx #nm #az #papi #queerart #weglow #buenasvibras #yaqui #yaquis

El Guerrero

Inspired by indigenous ways of acquiring knowledge and the wisdom of our ancestors. This is a rendition of Jesus Helguera’s famous painting – El Guerrero. Cuauhtémoc renacido una y otra vez. I have prints available. Please see my store or get in touch if you’re interested in a print purchase.

Portrait Work

Portrait work for me is challenging but I believe it makes me a better artist. I can always hunker down and focus on the color, detail and expression. Thank you to those who have hired me. These make great gifts. Send me a message if you’re interested in having a loved one made into art. (Jose.montoya77@gmail.com).

Create as if your life depended on it

Working on a commissioned piece, a recreation of Jesus Helguera’s “Guerrero.”