Thursday, October 31, 2013

Remembering Gerald Montoya

We meet briefly in life, if we touch each other with stardust-that is everything.- Author unknown

With deep sorrow we report the passing of a good friend and gifted San Diego City College alumni Gerald Montoya. He lost his fight with PML on October 27 and will be greatly missed. In 2001 he graduated from San Diego City College with his associates degree in graphic design and in 2004 earned a bachelors degree from Long Beach State.

Gerald's kindness, dazzling smile and bright, positive, energetic spirit will always be remembered at SDCC. A talented graphic designer and visual artist he was fascinated with the spirit of abstraction. He used lines, colors, and shape in his paintings finding inspiration from the works of Paul Klee, Marc Rothko, Hans Hoffman and Wassily Kandinksy. His works were exhibited in many shows and he was a resident artist at the Tenth Avenue Arts Centre. He loved abstract art and believed it "made people think more and dig deeper into each piece, to discover emotions and imagery individual to their imagination and life experiences".
Gerald grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico under "clear blue skies, large puffy white clouds, sunset shades of purple and orange reflected off the Sandia Mountains, autumnal colors of trees alongside the Rio Grande, nighttime skies filled with infinite stars and the West Mesa trails of ancient petroglyphs". These qualities resonated deeply in his beautiful abstract works.

Abstract Painting by Gerald Montoya


  1. I too am deeply grieved to hear of the loss of Gerald. He was a classmate and a compassionately giving soul (he purchased a book for me for a class that we'd shared until I was able to repay him later). Gerald ALWAYS had a generous smile that resonated in our creative efforts. My sincerest condolences go out to his family.

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