photo by Dennis Bradbury

photo by Dennis Bradbury

1975, Norwalk, CT; lives and works in Connecticut

Duvian Montoya’s early work has been described as “magical realism,” perhaps in part owing to the influence of author, and fellow Colombian, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Pieces from this time period focused on themes of immigration, Latin American identity in the U.S., and displacement. 

In his current phase, Montoya has moved away from the intense stylization that characterized his early work. Newer pieces have an increased focus on technical skill and detailed imagery. His scenes are culled from some of the most banal moments in our every day life. This quietness allows Montoya to make surprising choices and subtle statements about the way we live our lives today. 

Montoya’s work is actively collected by both public and private institutions, including the city of Norwalk, the city of New Haven, the Mattatuck Museum, Disney and Gulfstream Worldwide. 

                                                                                                 -Nicole Sansone


Duvian Montoya

Born in U.S.A.

Lives and works in Connecticut.



1996-1999 : BFA Candidate, Concentration in Painting and Jewelry Design

1994-1996 : Silvermine Artists Guild. Workshops in painting, photography, sculpture and jewelry design.


Solo Exhibitions


The Way We Worked, curated by Cynthia Roznoy, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT

Transformation, curated by Jaime Mauricio Villegas, Colombian Consulate, New York, NY


Sketchbook Moments & Painted Studies, curated by Laura Einstien, H. Pelham Curtis Gallery, CT. 


Investigation-Imagination, curated by Diane Pollack, Kershner Gallery, CT. 

Observational Journal, curated by Susan Hardesty, Norwalk Community College, CT. 

Investigation-Imagination, curated by Diane Pollack, Kershner Gallery, CT.


Confronting Shadows, curated by Christian Ducker, The Flow of Art Gallery, CT. 


Lasting Impressions, curated by Keely Whittington, Peanut Gallery, NM.


Select Group Exhibitions


2nd Annual National Juried Exhibition, Curated by Frank Bernarducci, Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, Wausau WI

NEWS 16th Biennial North American Open, Curated by Iain Stewart, Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA


Open Hearts, curated by Jane Rainwater, Dehn Gallery, Manchester CT

Interval, curated by Dennis Bradbury, 22 Haviland Street Gallery, Norwalk, CT


Dreamscapes, curated by Alexandra Munroe, Westport Art Center, Westport, CT

Unsettled Identity, curated by Duvian Montoya, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury CT


Greenwich Art Society Member Show, curated by Cara Manes, Prize winner, Greenwich, CT.


Home Sweet Home, curated by Jennifer Gross, Westport Arts Center, CT.


Linear Structures, curated by Laura Enstien, Fairfield Art Center, Fairfield, CT.

Beyond Borders, curated by Benjamin Ortiz, Bendeim Gallery, Greenwich, CT.

2010 International Art Tour Exhibition, curated by Joshua Franco & Young Sook Park, Santa Fe, NM, Japan, and South Korea. 

Latino Artists, curated by Tatiana Mori, University of Connecticut Stamford, CT.


Art Stimulus, curated by Dennis Bradbury, 22 Haviland St. Gallery, CT.

2009 International Art Exhibition, curated by Joshua Franco & Young Sook Park, Kyung-In Museum, Seoul, South Korea. 

Arte con Color, curated by Glenn Macura, General Electric Headquarters, CT.

Talking Heads, curated by David Solomon, Gallery 707 Contempoary, Santa Fe, NM. 

Merging Cultures, curated by Cynthia Roznoy, Mattatuck Museum, CT.


Transplanting Roots, curated by Benjamin Ortiz, City Lights Gallery, CT.


Vaginasque, curated by Leo Madrid, Gallery Tirage, Santa Fe, NM.

Santa Fe Future, Spanish Colonial Museum, Santa Fe, NM.

Annual Valentine Show, curated by Joshua Franco, Downtown Contemporary Art Center, Albuquerque, NM.


Arts International 2004, curated by Michael Alford, The International Museum of Art, El Paso, TX.

Miniatures 2004 Invitational, The Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM.


5,000 Flowers, The Art Center at Fuller Lodge, Los Alamos, NM.

Art of the Northeast, curated by Silvermine Guild Galleries, New Canaan, CT. 


Permanent Collections


Gulfstream Worldwide 

Mary & Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community

Mattatuck Museum

City of New Haven, CT

City of Norwalk, CT

 Awards, Grants & Fellowships

“Pillars of Freedom”, funded by The Mary & Eliza Freeman Center, Bridgeport, CT 8/17

Co-Founder of The Westport Artists Collective, Westport, CT 2014

“A Norwalk Migration”, funded by Norwalk 2.0 for the Norwalk Public Library, Norwalk, CT 8/13 

“Silhouetted Faces and Period Pieces”, funded by the Norwalk Parking Authority and the Federal Transit Administration, South Norwalk Train Station, CT 5/12

“Harvesting Community”, 1% for Arts Program & New Haven Cultural Affairs, Hill Central k-8, CT 8/12

Traffic Graphic Mural Project, Norwalk Arts Commission, CT 4/10

Co-Founder of “Saint Phillip Artist Guild, Norwalk, CT 2009


Logan, Wendy. "Paint and Piety." The Fairfield County Weekly, Jan. 1 2009.

Sansone, Nicole and Wendy Logan. "Duvian Montoya: How A Man And His Art Converge In A Field Of Color And Line." The Norwalk Beat, 2008.

Bodach, Jill. "Artists Turn Old Mansion Into Creative Space." The Hour, September 2008.

Luby, Abby. "Creative Spirit: Artists Find Inspiration In Old Norwalk Mansion On Church Grounds." Connecticut Post, Sept. 22 2008.

Logan, Wendy. "Art Center Breathes New Life Into Local Landmark." Norwalk Citizen, Sept. 26 2008.

Luby, Abby. "Artistic Vision: Norwalk's Manis Mansion Gets New Life As An Art Venue." The Advocate/Greenwich Time, Sept. 21 2008.


Cover Illustration, The Norwalk Beat, Spring 2010.

Cover Image, The Hour, Sept. 16 2008.

Image, The Hour, August 2007.

"Lost on the Border of Sudan." Feature Illustration, Peanut Gallery.