Ana Montoya

Ana Montoya

Marseille, Bouche du Rhone, France

About Ana Montoya

I was born in Colombia in 1978 to an artist and an architect. I have three siblings and we grew up in a rural environment in the heart of the Andes, where nature and art were present in my everyday life.
After high school, I studied anthropology and started working with indigenous communities in the Amazonian region in a project that aimed to provide women a steady income for their households through their crafts. During this time I became close to the craft making of these indigenous groups and learned a lot from them. I was especially attracted to the textile work, and it impelled me to pursue the possibilities of implementing it with my own artistic perspective.
Later on I moved to New York where I learned to weave and became passionate about fiber art. After a few years in the United States, I moved to Barcelona (Spain) where I studied textile art and found, progressively, a space of expression in weaving.
Now I live in Marseille (France) with my family (husband and two children) where I have established myself and my artistic work. I have also moved from weaving to collage as a main technique of expression.