Painting from Rudi Monterroso's Tree series

Paint Studio Demo Artist Rudi Monterroso

Rudi Monterroso will be in the Paint Studio demonstrating acrylic painting on metal and canvas on December 5–6 and 12–13.

Liz Jaite: What will your demonstration in the studio look like?

Rudi Monterroso: My demonstration will consist of combining sculpture and painting to create a 3-D illusion. I will be creating a piece for my Trees series. I will bring in pieces of metal that I previously cut and bent in my studio (Rudi’s studio is actually part of an old airplane and built out of recycled materials!). I will explain this process of bending and cutting metal in my demonstration and paint on top of the metal.

LJ: What’s one thing you can’t live without in your studio?

RM: Being color blind, I can’t live without light in my studio. I am incredibly dependent on light and the windows in my studio.

LJ: Anything you are working on currently?

RM: At William Smith High School in Aurora, where I am teaching, my class and I are currently working on making large metal, floral sculptures. These floral sculptures are based off of flowers in Colorado like the poppy and columbine. At home, I am currently working on my Trees series that I will be working on in my demonstration in the Paint Studio.

Rudi Monterroso grew up in Guatemala and received his BFA from Metropolitan State College of Denver in 2010. Monterrosa is currently teaching teenagers how to paint at the Downtown Aurora Visual Arts Center (DAVA). Monterrosa says his students are currently learning about values. Being color blind himself, he teaches his students how light affects objects rather than color. Monterrosa also says they are learning about confidence and how to be confident with their own painting. Recently, this past summer at the Denver Art Museum, Monterroso was one of the artists who collaborated on the Denver Art Museum and the Biennial of the Americas community project inspired by Alvarado-Juárez’s work Aqua-Terra / Terra-Aqua.

Monterroso has always been very interested in working with the community, teaching, and bringing his artwork out into the public. Monterroso has a portable studio that he tows around behind his bicycle made from an old trailer. He splits up his days between family, creating, and teaching. Monterroso works with a wide range of media from painting, sculpture, and jewelry.

Photos © and courtesy of Rudi Monterroso.

Liz Jaite is a studio and artist programs intern in the learning and engagement department. Liz has been at the DAM since 2015. Her favorite piece of artwork at the museum is Early Baroque Side Chair c.1685 by artist Unknown. Liz also loves Ben & Jerry's.

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