“The cutting edge is a bleeding edge”, is a line that has haunted Oscar “Trek6” Montes all his life. From his first ventures as a young painter in Miami’s blooming street art scene in the late 80’s to his Sound Art experiments in the new millennium, Trek’s work have always displayed a man’s search for understanding in a world of oddities. Varying in medium and aesthetic the one dominant trait that the entire works share is an eye for the human condition at it’s best and worse, colorful and monochrome.
Art has been a life long passion and pursuit for Trek, dating back to his art upbringing in the 80’s were he studied under the mentorship of Puerto Rican painters
Andres Bueso and son Andy Bueso were he honed his painting skills and learned what it meant to be an artist. His grandmother owned the first art store in Plaza de Americas (Puerto Rico) and through that work she met many of Puerto Rico’s top artist which she forced Trek to study under on his summers. He would return home to Miami with this knowledge and love of art and carry it with him on the streets of Miami were he was part of one of the city’s most notorious and oldest graffiti crews STV, creating mural all over the city and through out the US and Puerto Rico
Most recently Trek has been participating in urban beautification projects all around the world. He represented Miami in Pow Wow Hawaii
and worked again with Charles Juhasz and the EML collective on a mural for Triufunal Polytechnico de San Juan for an exhibition named “Contrafuerte” in Puerto Rico. In 2012 he has had works featured on media sites like Huffington Post and publications such as USA Today, Sun Sentinel and The Miami Herald as well as having a mural showcased on the premier of the Emmy award winning baseball documentary “ The Franchise” on Showtime and participated in Heineken Open Your World Mural Project. He & his wife produced an Art Basel Satellite event in 2011 called Co11ective.
“Real Bboys move in silence” (Krs-one), is a good way to describe Trek6, inching forward little by little over the years collecting a resume of works and projects that have stayed way ahead of there time. Making artistic decisions that seemed unpractical or absurd at the time but are seen as hip and accepted now. It’s not thinking out of the box, it’s never being the box to begin with.
The cutting edge is a bleeding edge.