Jesse Montes took up art in 1990 in order distract himself from worrying about two of his children who were called to duty for the first Gulf War. He began by creating frames for photographs of his family from corrugated cardboard that he salvaged from his work as a school custodian. Then he was inspired to create pictures to put inside the frames made from the same material and coloring them with acrylic paint. By cutting the cardboard at different angles and then gluing the pieces together according to design Mr. Montes can achieve a variety of textures and subtle color variations.
Mr. Montes’ artwork has been purchased by private collectors and museums around the world.