Joselu Montojo


My name is Joselu Montojo, I was born in Mallorca 29 years ago. Currently, I live in Madrid where I met Belén, my wife. No pets, no children (yet) just to olives that we are willing to keep them alive.

Image courtesy of Pipi Hormaechea

Tell us your story, how did you come to painting?

Barely have any memories of myself before drawing. When I was a child I started to draw with my sister Isabel, since then I’ve never stopped. I come from a family of artists, my grandmother was a painter, however none of her children are but many of her grandchildren are, it’s like art has skipped a generation. Beyond than having learned it I feel there’s something innate or genetic that has made us dedicate ourselves to it.

How would you define your current painting?

I would say it is figurative and pop.

Tell us about your style and technique. Any secret that can be told?

My whole work consists of digital drawings printed on linen or paper. Despite of has been an evolution there are some elements that remain: female faces, flat shapes and the importance of color. It takes me as long to choose the colors as it does to draw the drawing from scratch.

I feel, although less and less, there is still a lot of skepticism towards digital art, as if it is less valuable. I do not draw on a canvas, but I also do it with my hands, with my pulse and with the knowledge that I have acquired after years. 

How do you usually start your paintings? With a sketch, a draft or is it just an improvisation?

I start with a sketch and from there I give way to improvisation. The final result has little to do with the initial one but I like to have a starting reference.

What are your motivation forces? And the artists who have been and are an influence for you?

I know it sounds cliché but drawing makes me happy, it is a kind of drug for me. I draw all night despite being exhausted just because I enjoy doing it. Many artists have influenced me, mentioning them all would be impossible. I am also influenced by the world of fashion. I feel that it is a reflection of society and the most visual form of its evolution. Unconsciously I always incorporate fashion elements in my drawings.

Image courtesy of Pipi Hormaechea

What can you tell us about your studio, what kind of place is it?

Our studio home is a versatile place. It is an attic with a lot of light and a small terrace. The place where my wife works, I draw and we also live. It is difficult to maintain the balance between home and studio and although we try to maintain order, it is inevitable that it is full of rolls of cloth, linen canvases and drawings.

What is art for you?

The most honest way to express myself.

Piece with Artist. February 2021. ©

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