Montserrat Alsina is a multidisciplinary artist that specializes in drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, and performance. She earned her BA in Art and Education at Rhodes College, and an MFA in Performance Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was born and raised in Valencia, Venezuela and currently lives between Chicago and the Dominican Republic. She has exhibited in the USA, Canada, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Montserrat currently has her studio at MANA Contemporary in Chicago. She has received numerous grants from the Illinois Arts Council, DCASE, and North Shore Country Day School. She is passionate about education, traveling, and creating collaborations in her communities. She is co-founder of Nahui Ollin: Danzas Ceremoniales de México, 18th Street Pilsen Open Studios, Colibrí Studio Gallery, and the Arts and Culture Committee in Pilsen.
“INNER TWINED Impressions” is a unique collection of work Montserrat has been developing using monotype printmaking. She has delicately used this medium as a base to then layer both soft and distinct impressions of materials and herself. The environment and people surrounding her is what she draws from, to inspire her personal imprint on the world and others.
“The work I do comes from a place deep inside, from that place of silence, it is a dialogue with the inner self, an expression of feelings, emotions and senses, it is of the effects of the environment and of people surrounding us. In order for me to express myself I need to not only use drawing, printmaking and painting but also incorporate movement, video, sound, lighting and the written word. Creating for me is like a breath, dancing, stretching, moving, making that first line on the surface plane, using a brush, a roller, charcoal or conte to make marks; filling the spaces with textures and colors, and different movements emerge, like dancing on the surface, creating infinite mazes where the eye of the viewer can travel and discover a worlds of wonders, joy, stability and chaos.