Designed and created by the vision of one American artist, and
led by a distinguished and exceptional board of directors,
The ICONS Museum stands as the world's only art museum dedicated to showcasing the defining creative individuals and products of the modern era. With unparalleled privacy, presentation, and artistic depth, our nonprofit museum offers a world-class art experience to all generations of visitors, completely free of charge.
Artist/creator Matthew Montero explains:
"My vision was to create an art experience that was pure and true. I feel one of the greatest aspects of ICONS is that it shows how art and creativity is a great equalizer in society. The artists I have portrayed come from all different experiences and backgrounds. And when looking at them all together, united in the same room, the thoughts of race, gender, and petty differences vanish, and we just focus on the harmony and the tremendous art they generously gave the world. I wanted to highlight this elegance, oneness, and redemptive power in one complete art experience."
Art ... One with Nature.
Touring the museum with the artist and creator (as your only guide) is a moving, heightened experience ... the exceptional detail, oneness with nature, sense of reflection, orchestration of creative 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' to the people.
"The Portraits", painted completely with Montero's bare hands
(no brushes) and raw house paint, carry with them a sterling/timeless presence and deep originality never-before-seen 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 explores the Crème de la Crème of artists and innovators who have significantly inspired the modern world through imagination and original creativity. Every icon is personally chosen by the artist.
"I select deep artists whom time has rewarded, who gave everything for their art and had a magic about them that cannot be imitated. They all suffered immensely to carry the torch of art. In the end, that's what ICONS is all about; a deep engagement with the best artists of all time. People who were authentically and creatively themselves, one of one, and not one of many."
For Generations ... To Experience.
Ultimately, it is with this type of uncompromising vision that Montero, and The ICONS Museum, have managed to uplift people of all ages.
As the artist and founder reveals:
"I have always believed, and always will believe, that art belongs to the people. The best art is ultimately free to experience in venues across the world: The best of Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, and connecting to the harmonious and numinous quality of nature itself (found in every eye, rock, wing, seed, and tree). It is our purpose to work with this profoundly sophisticated organism, and never against it. Earth is a paradise, unique in the vastness of space, so why not create something pure and true that will grace and complement its soil? Why not create something we are truly proud of that helps others feel connected, and not dumbed down, cheated, and swindled? That is all the enlightenment one needs to devote their life to creating and raising the consciousness of others through the oneness of artistic expression. After all, the only thing faster than the speed of light is consciousness. And we are all we've got on this spinning ball. Why not make it GREAT!?"
We have always been an "appointment only" art experience.
*Masks are optional.
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