Christian Montenegro’s striking images are a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Their plane, symmetric composition and highly reduced shapes are reminiscent of expressionist woodblock prints. Their topics are also 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.
Montenegro studied illustration under Alberto Breccia for five years as one of the last disciples of the renowned Argentinean comic artist. From 2002-2006 Montenegro taught morphology at the Graphic Design department at the University of Buenos Aires. Currently the 36-year-old concentrates mainly on the illustration of publications and advertisements, as well as multiple other ventures.
His solo show at Gallery Johanssen was the first exhibition of the Argentinean artist in Germany. In Europe his work has been featured at Illustrative 2008 in Zurich, where he won the Young Illustrator Award 2008. He has also participated in shows in London and various other cities across France, Spain and Switzerland. Solo exhibitions of Montenegro have taken place in Buenos Aires and Barcelona.
Opening night: 17th March 2009, 7:00 pm