Artist Christopher Montalvo's journey through spirituality and creativity is bound together in his Momento Mori series that reflects on mortality. The series considers the vanity of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits. Momento Mori — As we live, remember we shall also die. Montalvo signs his work "Monti". The mixed media paintings are signed, dated and titled Verso.
The artist begins with a hand pulled silkscreen image over layered small sheets of paper and then transforms the paper into a mixed media painting on wooden panel. Media includes oil paint, enamel, markers, silk-screen, photography and resin, and includes both collage details and painting by hand.
Monti’s complex and provocative works of art are created by adding layers of self-made typography, paints and resin over an extended period of time. The works are simultaneously charged with contemporary and timeless themes and convey the artist’s investment of self and time.
Meticulously rendered with an attention to detail, the edges (or sides) of the painting are also painted and often inscribed wtih poetry or commentary, creating a three dimensional work of art. Artist signed, titled and dated Verso. framing is not necessary. Wired and ready to hang and enjoy. This series of original paintings are created in both 48 x 48 inches and 48 x 60 inches.