One day in the Autumn of 1969 in Paris I became aware that painting is my most personally intense adventure. One must know oneself and know enough about the outside world to really become who one is. To function on one’s own wavelength.
Pierre Montant is one of the first Swiss realist painters and one of the most important living in Switzerland today. Born in Geneva 1941 he devoted himself exclusively to painting in 1970 after finishing a scientific and humanistic education.
He maintained studios in New York (1971-77), the Centro Internazionale di Sperimentazioni Artistiche M.L. Jeanneret in Boissano, Italy (1973-93), and Rome (1980-84), settling in Geneva in 1985.
Among the many recognitions for his work are a Citation from the City of New York (1975) and the The Swiss Federal Fine Arts Scholarship (1978). The Simon I. Patino Foundation of Switzerland financed a film of the artist which is on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 1989 the Swiss Federal Government offered a monumental painting to the Geneva canton which is displayed in the City Hall.
Most of his works are in important Swiss, American and French collections.