Lou Monti was born in Tonopah Nevada in 1945. He lived and worked in Santa Fe, New Mexico for 20 years. He spent the winters in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. He currently resides in Palm Springs, California.
Monti received his B.S. degree in Anthropology from Saint Louis University in 1968. He was awarded a Masters Degree in Anthropology from the University of Missouri in 1971. As a college professor he most recently taught Cultural Anthropology at the College of Southern Nevada from 2009 until 2016. His lectures concentrated on Native American cross-cultural analysis and comparative world views. He now devotes his time to creating his art and continues to study ethnology and Spiritual Belief systems.
Lou Monti has had numerous one-man exhibitions in Santa Fe and has been represented by galleries in New Orleans, LA, Palm Desert, CA, Florida and San Miguel, Mexico. His work can be found in numerous private and corporate collections in the United States, Europe, and the Americas.
Monti's "Three Fascinations" exhibition was at Horizon Gallery in Santa Fe in 1999. "Walks in Dreamtime”, an exhibition of Spirit Guides was presented by Expressions Gallery in Santa Fe in 1997. The Freeman Gallery exhibition of Spirit Guides is composed of recent images painted in oil on canvas and oil on paper.
The SPIRIT GUIDES are infused with an un-earthly presence. Like the primitives’ use of the mask these paintings seem to be a reliquary of divine power. The frequent use of gold in these paintings suggest the touch of divinity. Natural and supernatural forces appear to inhabit them: thunder, lightning, a storm, or the elements of fire, earth, air and water. Most profoundly they are expressions of the human spirit and its ancestral ghosts. They serve as a magical communication with man’s passion and his collective unconscious. Here permission is given to enter into the unchartered areas of the psyche and the spirit world. The eyes become the passage to what lies within, liberating the imagination.
Here the ancestors are given a voice somewhere between the surface illusion of the canvas and a place in man’s heart. Something always remains hidden beneath the surface awaiting discovery as the mythical past eludes us. The art is romantic and devotional as images of the universe intimately associated with divinity. The paintings are ancient symbols of contemplation leading to mystical insight. The directness of this imagery is sensual and intellectual. The style is bound with iconography yet remains abstract. The paintings penetrate with an immense visual impact transporting the viewer into the realm of the infinite. With an exquisite balance of color and form, the work is powerful, provocative and enduring.
Since 2016, Monti has pledged all proceeds from his work to be given to the "Partnership with Native Americans". Proceeds support education on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and the campaign to build the Native American Genocide Memorial.