AboutChristian Montenegro's striking images are a wolf in sheep's clothing. Their plane, symmetric composition and highly reduced shapes remind of expressionist woodblock prints. Also their topics are often traditional his books published by Gestalten Verlag illustrate the book of Genesis and the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. Yet, Montenegro's illustrations are truly contemporary: digital works with vivid colours and style-defining forms.
As one of the last disciples of the renowned Argentine comic artist, Montenegro studied illustration with Alberto Breccia for five years. From 2002 to 2006, he taught morphology at the Graphic Design department of the University of Buenos Aires. Nowadays, the 36-year-old concentrates on the illustration of publications, advertisements and many other things.
His solo show at Gallery Johanssen is the first exhibition of the Argentine artist in Germany. In Europe, his art works have been featured in Illustrative 2008 in Zurich, where he won the Young Illustrator Award 2008, as well as in shows in London and in various cities across France, Spain and Switzerland. Solo exhibitions of Montenegro took place in Buenos Aires and in Barcelona.