High Artist Spotlight: Milaniza Montalvo García

Milaniza Montalvo García is an artist and art therapist. She grew up in Puerto Rico, around the tropical rainforest. Her work is about the intersection between landscape, politics and migration, and the connection between nature and humans . She studied a Postgraduate in Art Therapy in Buenos Aires, Argentina and a master’s degree in Artistic Production in Valencia, Spain. She has participated in different Artists Programs and exhibited in Puerto Rico, the United States, Mexico, Argentina and Spain and has obtained various awards. The experience to travel and living in different parts of the world bring her a new perspective where the relationship with nature became a main theme in her work. She currently lives in Spain where she continues to develop her artistic practice.
We recently caught up with Milaniza after High Art 2023 to learn more about her most recent inspirations:

Where do you find your creative inspiration?

In the landscape of Puerto Rico, the tropical colors, the history of my island, and its current political situation.

Why do you do what you do?

I do art as a political and ideological commitment to my environment and its people.

What art/artist do you most identify with?

Georgia O'Keeffe, Myrna Baez, Tomas Sanchez

What themes do you pursue the most?

The intersection between landscape, politics and the human psyche.

What role does an artist have in society?

The artist is a facilitator in order to discover new ways of viewing our world and ourselves.

What is your artistic outlook on life?

We create our own journey. Life is what we can make of it, not what is given to us.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Trust the intuition and continue working.

Do you listen to music while you are creating? If yes, share the song and artist that you listen to while creating art.

Misterio do planeta, Novos Baianos

What's the best thing about being an artist?


What is your dream project?

Travel by foot across the Americas and work with different communities creating art.