The Art of Jessie Montes

Jessie Montes (1935 – 2013)

Over 40 years ago, Jessie Montes, sole survivor of five sets of twins, immigrated to the United States from Mexico. After settling in Dodge City, Kansas, Montes became a naturalized citizen in 1972. In 1990, to free his mind from worry (Montes’ two children were called to active duty in the Gulf War), he began making frames out of corrugated cardboard. “One day I just started cutting cardboard,” said Montes. Soon Montes began to fill his frames with landscapes, abstract designs, and portraits. Three dimensional sculptures came soon thereafter.  Thus, his artistic journey in this unique medium began. Using discarded boxes (cardboard cut in quarter-inch strips), tweezers, a sharp razor blade, acrylic paint, and paste, Montes created unique and entertaining works of art.  One man’s trash is another’s treasure!

 The Art of Jessie Montes in the gallery



“I have always been interested in art. Growing up impoverished in Northern Mexico,

I had to create my own toys and items of amusement. This was the beginning of my creative bent.” 

Jessie Montes