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Xavier Montes

Xavier "Big X" Montes was born and raised in Santa Paula, and over the past thirty years, Xavier's professional career concentration has been as a visual artist, educator and musician. In 2007, Santa Paula Rotary honored Xavier with the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow calling him 'an area cultural treasure.' He has also received the Cultural Arts Leadership award from El Concilio del Condado de Ventura, the Cultural Arts Award from Santa Paula Latino Town Hall, and was the 2004 Citizen of the Year in Santa Paula. Xavier is also recognized for his community wide volunteerism and his commitment to art and culture, primarily for his founding the renowned De Colores Art Show & Festival, which is celebrated annually in honor of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta.

Vina la Causa
Vina la Causa
Acrylic on canvas | 16" h x 20" w

"My cultural heritage is filled with color and passion. It is in my veins and my heart. And so, like many other artists, I am compelled to creatively express: What I feel, what I see, and what I wish I could see."


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