xrael Montes is a contemporary Mexican artist. He was born in Jamiltepec (San José de las Flores), and moved to Oaxaca a the age of 19, to study visual arts. He specialized in painting and printmaking, and joined the Taller de Artes Plásticas Rufino Tamayo. Over the course of a 30-year career, Montes' work has been exhibited in several countries, and is held in various museums, public and private collections. Montes asserts that his work is influenced by African art and Mixtec art; the artist explains: "It is like a portal that leads toward my roots, and toward the landscapes. histories and legends of the Coast near Guerrero and Oaxaca."