Eric Montoya is an American painter who has had several gallery and museum exhibitions. Continued education through Seattle Art Museum lectures and UW Experimental courses, Technology Project Manager for The Ackerley Group 1996-2001, Journeyman Pictorial Painter, The Ackerley Group 1987 through 1996. Art Institute of Seattle, 1987. "In my work I tend to blend the boundaries between man and nature".
The series "Tenuous Nature of Desire" pushes the boundaries from superficial beauty to the inner personalities turned toward the individual's unconscious desire and the tenuous position of confronting that desire. The series then deals with the Animus of "nature" as viewed through easons, elements and stages of life.I'm driven that art has an impact on society by being a predecessor and response to our culture. First off, the arts experiment with what it means to be human, pushing the current boundaries of how we think about ourselves.
Then secondly through the arts we reexamine current culture, and proceed to comment on it and its place in history. We live in a time when abstract art is the most accessible of the visual arts and for the most part iniquitous to most viewers, whereas, landscape or figurative work is infused with meaning that can challenge today's viewer. The landscape now doesn't just provide a pastoral escape or view of and exotic place, it's infused with environmentalism, carbon sinks, devastation, escape, etc. Figurative work challenges in many the same ways with the body being a representation of our neurosis or placement for desire, nothing as simple as representing a person. I must say I like these challenges, which is probably a very post modern way to think but we live in a post modern world where one cannot escape the influence of the past and the present".