Macuria “Merc” Montolanez
born in Connecticut In 1939 and she studied at the Dwight School in Englewood, New Jersey under Ms. Rose Alber a graduate of the Stuttgart Academy in StuTTcart, Germany. During the summers of 1953-59, she continued her studies at Columbia University in New York City. In 1959 she studied at Bryn Mawr College until she transferred to the academy of fine arts and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. During the summers of 1970 through 1978, she went to Europe where she worked and vacationed in Greece. Through 1978 to 1988 she lived and worked in New York, Establishing herself as a artist in SoHo. In the year 2000, Macuria pioneered into Wynwood creating Merc Studios where she works and exhibits.
Merc has exhibited her works internationally with special attention to New York City nightlife at Kamikaze, the Mudd Club and East of Eden. She has also exhibited and sold in France and Greece. Macuria, exhibited also at the 2002 premiere of Art Basel with the SKot Forman Gallery “Now in San Miguel, Mexico”. the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Contemporary Arts exhibited her works in 2002 and 2005.
The sensibility of this painter of Greek origin and with a creative trajectory in her genetics, is evident in the theme and depth of her work. The woman in all her activities and moments, is a recurring theme in the work of Macuria Montolanez, although lately she also has violence against children. the colors "goyescos" and the dramatic stroke intensify the impact of each piece of Macuria creates the spirit of the observer. She is intense as a person; it summarizes creativity itself and its environment repeats the same impressions; a warehouse (bomega) in Wynwood turned into a studio that keeps closed to the profane eyes and opens for friends, contains what appeared to be very special jewels: his work and his privacy. Perhaps belonging to such an ancient and philosophical culture, or being the daughter of a film director, or even growing up in the postwar period in Europe and having passed through the fundamental changes of the world in the seventies, and being an artist woman ... Macuria's work does not need to be justified, it is simply necessary.
2005 Museum of Art. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
2004 Art Miami. Miami, Florida
2003 Art Miami, Miami, Florida
2002 Museum of Art. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Art Miami. Skot Foreman Fine Art. Miami, Florida
2014 Holton Arts, Palm Beach
2007 Abbaye Auberive, France
2006 Abbaye Auberive, France
Skot Foreman. Arizona.
2005 Abbaye Auberive, France
Skot Forman. Texas.
2004 New World Art, Art Basel. Miami, Florida
Abbaye Auberive, France
Skot Foreman. Palm Springs, Florida
2003 Skot Forman. Canada
Skot Foreman Fine Arts. Atlanta, Georgia
Niomi Silvin Gallery. Atlanta, Georgia
Wallman Gallery. South Hampton, New York
2002 Damlan B Art Center, Miami, Florida
2001 Texas International Art Fair. Skot Foreman. Dallas, Texas
Toronto International Art Fair. Skot Foreman. Toronto, Canada
Town & Country Art Fair. Skot Foreman. West Palm Beach, Florida
1999 Skot Foreman Fine Art.
1988 Deja Vu Cafe. Burlington, Vermont
1984 East of Eden. New York, New York
1983 Mudd Club. New York, New York
1980 Kamikaze. New York, New York
1974 Dartmouth College. Hanover, New Hampshire
1960-63 Academy of Fine Arts. Philadelphia, PA