Alberto Montaño Mason was born in Mexico City in 1953. In 1970 – 72, after extensive travel throughout Europe, he studied under muralist and master draughtsman Pedro Medina before moving to London to earn his BA from the Chelsea School of Art in 1977. He then moved to Paris and studied at Atelier 17 under William S. Hayter for one year. In 1981, Montaño Mason started what he calls his “first career” as an artist in New York City. During this stage of his career, his work was defined by the use of traditional mediums such as painting, drawing, and sculpture. In 2003, he set up a studio in Mexico City to begin his “second career,” working in conceptual photography, video, and, more recently, digitally generated wall pieces. He has had solo shows in galleries and museums in New York and Mexico, and has participated in group exhibitions in museums in the U.S., Mexico, and Europe. His latest museum solo show was presented in 2010 at the Querétaro Art Museum in Querétaro, Mexico. Though primarily based in New York, he works concurrently in his studios at Mana Contemporary and in Mexico City.