Designed, created, and guided by the single vision of one American artist, Matthew Montero, The ICONS Museum stands as the world's only art museum dedicated to honoring the greatest modern icons. The artist explains:
"My vision was always to create an art experience that would be elegant, intimate, and culturally meaningful. This required a delicate balance of the work, the design, the atmosphere, and every aesthetic detail along the way. In turn, I am proud to say what visitors will get out of ICONS is everything in me as an artist."
A Whole New Art Experience
Touring ICONS with the artist and creator as your guide is an inspiring cultural experience. The quality, sense of reflection, orchestration of history, and the exquisite and equal care that every visitor receives, is a testament to the artist's dedication to delivering 'a total work of art'.
The portraits are uniquely painted by Montero's bare hands and raw house paint, and carry with them a sterling power and deep originality unseen in modern portraiture. Tom Lollar of Columbia University states:
"He is capturing the essence of his subject, which is extremely interesting and difficult, and is doing so through such a unique visceral process of using his hands to paint instead of brushes. He has created something very special that people of all backgrounds are resonating with."
Visitor photographs © The ICONS Museum.
The process he undergoes for each painting is a personal and consuming journey. Montero explains:
"I select deep artists whom time has rewarded, who gave everything for their art and had a magic about them that cannot be imitated. It takes everything out of me to paint them. For every new subject, I prepare intensely. I channel their art, watch their interviews, and basically immerse myself in their world. It is a one-time communion."
For Generations to Come
Ultimately, it is with this uncompromising vision that Montero and The ICONS Museum have managed to uplift people of all ages. After all, the elegance, power, and purity of the experience allow us to fully embrace this singular, moving, and finely-tuned artistic vision.