The following pages contain a small sampling of Rudy Montoya’s art for your viewing pleasure. These pieces are from the Montoya Estate and the private collection of Hartt’s Desire. Thank you for visiting this web site.

   All copy and reproduction rights for the art of Rodolpho (Rudy) Montoya Jr.      

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The Many Faces of Rudy Montoya, Jr.

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El Paso, Texas 79932 USA


Few artists have so graphically captured the spirit, the feeling, the essence of the Southwest more than Rudy Montoya, Jr.

Strong, solemn features and the artist’s bold, expansive use of negative space in his work create a feeling of autonomy and presence in his subjects.  His images are strong.  His Indians often seem to be looking at you with a steady, unflinching gaze. The pen and ink drawings and watercolors of the late Rudy Montoya, Jr. capture the essence and spirit of life and the blend of cultures of the great southwest from the early days to the present.

For years Rudy loved, and chose to work in, the precise, unforgiving medium of pen and ink.  An almost tentative incorporation of color in the late ‘70s was inspired by his four year old son, Jamie, who, while playing with dime store watercolors in his father’s studio, began painting just the faces of the characters in his own childish drawings.  Rudy was enchanted with the effect.  Thus began his use of watercolors in his pen and ink drawings.

In the last five years before he died, Rudy’s style evolved to a more dominant use of color with smaller touches of pen and ink in his paintings.

Rudy Montoya, Jr. has been called “a poet with a pen.”  He knew from earliest childhood that he wanted to be an artist.  His first break came when, while working part time as an artist at an advertising agency, and attending UTEP, Jinx Galleries in El Paso, Texas agreed to display seven of his art pieces.  All seven were sold within a 24-hour period.

His distinctive style and unique treatment of his subjects, all of which are pencil, pen and ink, or pen and ink and watercolor, make a Montoya instantly recognizable.  His subjects have included children, animals, old people and old buildings, cowboys and western scenes.  But during the last decade, he became internationally known for his Native Americans. Rudy was El Paso’s undisputed “favorite son,” artist and ambassador of good will. Born February 12, 1940 in El Paso, he was schooled at Alta Vista, Burleson, Hillside, Burges and finally, after serving as a draftsman illustrator in the army and a stint singing rock & roll with artists like Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent, Johnny Cash, Jan & Dean, he returned to El Paso where he ultimately enrolled at UTEP as an art major.

His works continue to enjoy a growing patronage among private collectors, corporations, celebrities and public figures — including the late Steve McQueen, actress Julie Andrews, and former Vice President Walter Mondale. His paintings hang in galleries from coast to coast.  Since his death on July 7th, 1986, his work continues to grow in popularity, and the demand for his paintings is greater than ever.