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Born in Cholula in 1968, José Luis Montes discovered his passion for painting at the early age of 12, from that moment he began a non-regulated training that led him to start in the world of painting, experimenting with all the techniques described in the books that he finds in the libraries of the State of Puebla, later he becomes a disciple of the painter Eduardo Villanueva who instructs him for several years in his workshop in the Barrio del Artista, in the same city of Puebla, it is here where he holds his first individual exhibition in 1991, later he will exhibit at the Cholula House of Culture in 1993, at the Santa Rosa Museum in 1995, at the Fiesta Americana hotel and at the Casa del Caballero Águila, both in 1997. He begins to work on these dates in a restoration workshop where he has the opportunity to discover and work with ancient techniques that captivate him and with which he still works today in his works, often combining them with current techniques. In 2000 he moved to live in Tulum, in Quintana Roo, where he participated for several years in the Sea Turtle Festival and where in 2007 he obtained the second prize in the Turtle Contest in Xcaret, in 2013 he participated at the Caribbean Festival. In 2016 he moved again, this time to Spain, where he participated in a group exhibition in Madrid at the Eka & Moor Gallery and at the FIG Bilbao at the hand of the Espai d'Art 32 gallery, which is still representing him in Spain. . In 2018 he held a solo exhibition in La Revoltosa, Gijón. This same year he moved back to Mexico and settled in Tequisquiapan, Querétaro where he exhibited in the Plaza Pedregal in January 2019 and in December at the Centro Seis, in addition to participating in group exhibitions at the Rulfo Gallery and in the calls of the cultural center of the town, which aims to stimulate the artistic activity of the municipality.
First exhibition after covid was 10-12 september '21 when he participated in the collective exhibition of the Sala Marte gallery "Despojando la normalidad" in Mexico City.
An artist with an excellent handling of the contrast between light and shadows, the main characteristics of his work are the intense coloring and the spontaneous, deliberately imperfect line that he uses to claim the freedom that the act of painting means for him.