Born in Portland, Oregon, John Monti received his B.S. from Portland State University and his MFA from the Pratt Institute. Monti has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally both in museums and galleries and has completed public commissions and set designs for various dance companies.
He describes his sculpture as the utilization of “decorative, pop and minimalist strategies that both critique and embrace aspects of pleasure and the commercial aesthetic.” Monti’s slick, brightly colored sculptures refer to pop-utopian visions and capture the attention of viewers while simultaneously making them aware of the falsification and emptiness embedded in the institutions of commercialism.
Monti’s exhibitions include the Brooklyn Museum, Sculpture Center, White Columns, Artists Space, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, and the Wakita Museum of Art, Karuizawa, Japan. His work is included in major private and public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, Yale University Art Museum, Israel Museum, Israel and the Wakita Museum of Art, Japan. Currently, Monti is a Professor of Sculpture at the Pratt Institute and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.