Originally from Arizona, Monte Thompson discovered Fine Art in his youth through images of Michelangelo’s sculptures. A self-taught sculptor and draughtsman, Monte traveled across the United States to Connecticut seeking out the great works in numerous collections on the East Coast. In the presence of these majestic paintings, his passion for oil painting was ignited.
In 2011, through the generosity of the Griffis Art Center and Orpheus Foundation, Monte was awarded an Artist in Residence in Polkovnik Serafimovo, Bulgaria, where the warmth and kindness of the Bulgarian people invigorated his love of Art. It was here that he was able to truly live as an artist, painting the villages and people of Bulgaria, with their rich history and culture inspiring numerous paintings and drawings. Active within several organizations, he continues to display artwork in various exhibitions throughout the United States.
Currently working from his studio in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Monte continues to develop his understanding of life through oil painting, drawing, and sculpture, and the vitality within each medium. His artwork explores the beauty that surrounds us through visual simplicity, movement of light, and the tension of opposite but complementary qualities.
First Annual International Juried Artists Guild Exhibition, The Artists Guild, Scottsdale Artists’ School, Scottsdale, AZ
2013 Juried Salon Show, Oil Painters of America, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, MI
57th Annual Art Show, Oklahoma Art Guild, Oklahoma City, OK
19th Annual Associate Artist Exhibition, Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT
Joint Exhibition with Kelli Folsom, Sophia, Bulgaria
Joint Exhibition with Kelli Folsom, Smolyan, Bulgaria
Deck the Walls!, Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT
Holiday Fine Art & Gift Salon, Mystic Arts Center, Mystic, CT
2011 Artist in Residence (Polkovnik Serafimovo, Bulgaria), Griffis Foundation, New London, CT