Geralyn Montano was born in Colorado. She is a multiracial contemporary artist emphasizing her Native American heritage; Dineh (Navajo) from her fathers lineage, French, Spanish, Pueblo, and Comanche from her mothers.
Montano received her formal art education from the San Francisco Art Institute, graduating with a BFA in interdisciplinary arts including drawing, painting and sculpture.
Montano has a strong interest in working with under-represented members of her community. She has done art workshops with shelters for trafficked women, volunteered working with disadvantaged youth, and is currently a visual art instructor for developmentally disabled adults.
Her work has been exhibited at Crocker Art Museum, Contemporary Jewish Museum, The Mexican Museum, Galeria de la Raza, MACLA San Jose, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Humboldt State University Goudi’ni Gallery, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco State University, and University of San Francisco Thacher Gallery.
Montano’s work is inspired by personal experiences relating to cultural or feminist themes. Her work juxtaposes aesthetic qualities with subversive imagery; combining aesthetic, thematic and technical skills, Montano impresses emotional and powerful ideas on the viewer; never shying away from controversial or taboo subjects.