VICTORIA MONTESINOS — Victoria Montesinos is the only daughter of the well-known Mexican movie director, Fernando A. Rivero, and Maty Humana. When barely three years old, Victoria was sent to live with her grandparents.
In Victoria's own words: "My grandmother was of the old school. Her philosophy was that children should be disciplined, seen and not heard, only speak when spoken to and to sit absolutely quiet when in the company of adults.
Childish fun and games were restricted because of grandmother's serious temperament. Montesinos had few opportunities to see her parents. Her mother traveled a lot and her father was always busy. Victoria's childhood was spent in a large house in the Juarez neighborhood that dated from the era of Porfirio Diaz: She recalls, "I became accustomed to enjoying my own world. At school it wasn't easy for me to fit in with the other children, so I took advantage of my isolation to draw. Drawing was an escape from my problems and it was highly rewarding for me.
On one occasion, Victoria Montesinos' father notice her being very self-absorbed while drawing and posed the question to her; "Would you like to paint seriously?" Of course Victoria jumped at the chance. The opportunity to paint was provided by a friend of her fathers, Jose Bardasano, the great Spanish painter who had arrived in Mexico as a refugee from the Spanish Civil War. Bardasano had recently opened a painting academy in Mexico and Victoria started attending the school at the tender age of twelve. She studied with Bardasano for five years. "Bardasano's high demands did not bother me because when I drew, I disconnected myself from everything and it was a delight. "
"Since childhood, I have been uninterested in conventional life, and have felt that there must be a higher reason for the way things are. I thought life was boring until I understood that giving life more meaning depended on me." At that time, Victoria Montesinos chose a difficult path; she decided to paint with total integrity: without submitting herself to the judgment of the market or a particular style, or to the expectations of others.
In late 1983, Montesinos moved to New York to work with one of the largest galleries in the United States developing lithographic works. She studied a complicated technique to produce very high-quality lithographs. Victoria's knowledge and sensitivity enabled her to produce highly unique pieces, and all of her editions sold out almost immediately.
During that period, Victoria Montesinos' talent became widely recognized in the US. In addition to a large number of lithographic editions, she sold approximately three hundred original paintings. However, in spite of her success, Victoria decided to return to Mexico when the recession of the late 1980's began to affect the United States art market. She worked ardently in her homeland and developed an outstanding new style. Through her oil paintings and serigraphs on textiles she gained fame and recognition.
In the mid-1990's, Victoria Montesinos signed new contracts to work with various galleries in the United States. She returned to New York with the intentions of painting flowers. "I decided to make flowers my only focus of attention," said Montesinos from her Manhattan studio. "I really wanted to explore and go inside their world, find all the textures, layers and passages of just one flower. They are all small universes. I feel captured by their beauty. Flowers are an incredible way for nature to show the infinity of existing colors." Montesinos executed her idea brilliantly through her magnificent brush, great skill, and abundant creative passion.