Designed, created, and guided by the single vision of one American artist, The ICONS Museum stands as the world's only art museum dedicated to showcasing the defining creative individuals of the modern era. With unparalleled privacy, presentation, and artistic depth, the museum offers a fresh and enriching cultural experience to all generations of visitors. Artist/creator Matthew Montero explains:
"My vision was to create an art experience that would be authentic, elegant, and culturally meaningful. In other words, to express everything in me as an artist under one roof without compromise."
A Singular Art Experience
Touring ICONS with the artist and creator as your guide is a one-of-a-kind sensory experience. The exceptional detail, sense of reflection, orchestration of history, and the exquisite care that every visitor receives, is a testament to the artist's remarkable dedication to delivering 'a total work of art'.
The portraits, painted with Montero's bare hands (no brushes) and raw house paint, carry with them a sterling presence and deep originality of style unseen in modern or contemporary art.
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 museum displays a rotating collection of portraits that represents the creme de la creme of artists and innovators who have significantly inspired the modern world through imagination and original creativity. Every icon is personally chosen by the artist. 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. Depending on the subject, it may take a week to two months to complete a portrait. It all depends on how well I am connecting with that artist."
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.
ICONS is an "appointment only" art experience.