Monty Montgomery began exhibiting his work professionally in 2002. Born and raised in Virginia, Montgomery loved black lines and bright colors at a very young age and was influenced by his mother who was a kindergarten teacher. Early memories of coloring books with bold lines and borders left an impression that reflects in his work to this day.
In his teen years Monty discovered that he connected to the world a bit differently; the realization that he was profoundly absorbing emotional and physical energy from every experience in his path led him to interpret that energy and channel it into unique creative expressions. In his junior year at Longwood University he launched Cilli Original Designs and began spreading his word through clothing, paintings, poetry, stickers and culture.
After earning his BFA from Longwood University in 1998 he took his first graphic design-based job with U.S. Graphics in Virginia Beach, VA. In 1999 he made the move to Charlottesville, VA to work for Musictoday.com while simultaneously designing projects in the music/surf/skate industries as well as operating and curating C.O.D. Gallery & Studios on the Downtown Mall in “C-VILLE”. After several great years in Virginia, he made the move to Boston, MA. in 2006 to expand his vision in a big city.
In 2008 Montgomery launched the next chapter of his career by moving to a new studio in San Diego, CA, where he is currently based. In recent years he has begun focusing on collaborative projects with other artists that play with the juxtaposition of disparate styles with the goal of stretching the boundaries of what each artist does individually. The first in 2012 was the “Kreashun Project” with J Feather and in 2016 he launched the “Kaleidoskull Project” with Tony Philippou. Both of these ongoing collaborations continue to evolve as does his personal work, each feeding off the other.