Lantomo, pseudonym of Antonella Montes, is an Italian artist based in Barcelona.
The passion for drawing, inherited from her mother, has been a constant in her life. She studied architecture in Italy, in Rome and Genoa; then moves to Spain, specializing in scenography and exhibition design. Just a few years ago, since 2010, Lantomo started to dedicate herself exclusively to painting, and her passion has definitely become a job. And in this journey, her stay of almost two years in Beijing, China, have left an indelible trace. Her drawings have become more accurate and detailed, her only colors the black and white, with touches of red, and the drawn faces have come to have Asian features.
Since then she has participated in several solo exhibitions, in galleries in Barcelona, and in Beijing; along with several group exhibitions. Lantomo is represented now for the Gallery Bat Alberto Cornejo in Madrid, and she is part of some permanent collection in Barcelona galleries.
The graphite portraits I create are almost realistic, suspended in a personal universe between realism and vision, but I’m not interested in virtuous details, I look for the representation of the emotions of my subjects.
Drawing has always been present in my life, like a way of expressing myself. My portraits embody a feeling of isolation and introspection, involved in silence. Memory, fears and loneliness in this society are the subjects that obsess me.
I try to bring to the surface all traces of emotions behind a gaze.
To create my portraits I use photography as a starting point and then I clean the image with an extreme minimalism, in the composition, medium and colors, probably due to my architectural formation. I work in grayscale, with touches of red. I’m inspired by the iconography and traditional Asian drawings (especially Chinese and Japanese), trying to avoid the excess of decoration.
My subjects are mainly female, proud and visibly melancholic.
I have experienced personally the contrast of cultures between East and West, and this has helped and inspired my artistic creation, in which both atmospheres are reflected.