Born out of a deep passion to create an exceptional art experience, American artist Matthew Montero boldly and brilliantly pioneered ICONS as the world's first and only art museum dedicated exclusively to the greatest modern icons.
"My vision was always to create an art experience that would be absorbing, direct, and culturally significant. 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 21st-Century Art Experience.
Touring ICONS with the artist and creator as your guide is a sublime cultural experience. The quality, sense of reflection, attention to detail, and the exquisite and equal care that every visitor receives is a testament to the artist's remarkable dedication and devotion to a higher ideal.
The portraits, painted solely with Montero's bare hands and raw house paint, 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."
Matthew Montero: The Art of the Icon. Sophisticated Woman Magazine.
The Extraordinary World of ICONS
Visitor photographs © The ICONS Museum.
The process he undergoes for each painting is a deeply 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, read their words, study their brilliance, it is total immersion. It is a one-time artistic communion with that artist. So, once I am finished, I feel I have captured their unique aura and psychology."
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 culturally original artistic vision.
The ICONS Museum
75533 River Rd
Covington, LA 70435