Good Art Guide Issue 8 - Page 18

Esther Glina Montagner is an acclaimed American painter born in New York.

She is the daughter of Eastern European Jews that came to America to start a new life, after surviving the horrors of WW2. She was named after both her grandmothers and aunt (all of whom perished), and to honor them, she always signs her artwork “Glina” (maiden name), to keep their spirit alive.

Her works are represented in several permanent Museum collections. In 2009 the Virginia Holocaust Museum installed “Those People” which is an installation of 36 original oils with painted and real suitcases, with all the names of her family members. It was her personal journey to reclaim their names so they would not be silent anymore.

This theme of storytelling, a time capsule of life’s events is foremost in all her work. Art has given her the language to express what she truly feels and believes, unfiltered. She has created a new visual voice with bold colors, intensity and textures.Glina has a total disregard for the “traditional stylistic progression,” and although wants to be heard, does not want to be herded into one signature style.That is why she is exploring abstraction and assemblages, and desires to do more large scale installations, where there is the freedom to try new ideas.

The Glina's moved from New York to S. California and settled in West Hollywood, (WEHO) where she grew up and majored in art. She has always been painting, a life long passion.


Glina Montagner