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kNow Art Collective, Empowerment Art

  • Know_art_color


East Los Angeles

Birth year

Lives in

Works in
Chicago, Northern New Mexico, Midwestern States


Representing galleries
Know Art Gallery

exhibition/performance, cultural-center, sculpture, gallery, FOUNDATION, conceptual, figurative, research, graffiti/street-art, abstract, non-profit, digital, government, photography, studio-lofts, traditional, Association, modern, publication, surrealism, performance, collective, landscape, video-art, guild, realism, installation, arts-education, pop, mixed-media

Current Exhibitions and Events
Apr, 2004 Know Art Collection @ NEIU's CTC
Chicago Teachers' Center

Know Art Collective


This is the  Know Art School.

Our work is art that embodies the struggle for personal and social empowerment.
Empowerment is represented by the options and alternatives that the art offers.
It is art that can be transformed, just like we can transform communities and the planet.

An empowered individual like an empowered community has options.

This art gives the spectator options.
Know art is empowerment art that gives viewers options to make the art theirs.
It allows the audience to bring out other protagonists in the paintings. In a literal sense, this art empowers the beholder.

Empowerment means to have, create, and excersise options. This art allows that.
It is an effort to reflect life and the struggle to improve the self and family, the community and the world.  This art transforms much like how we are trying to transform the world.

This is not the Old School of Art, This is not the New School either.

This is the  Know Art School.


Victor M. Montañez, Founder

artist, muralist, musician, videographer, Photographer, curator, educator, writer

Rene R. Montañez, Founding member

artist, muralist, musician, videographer, photographer, curator, educator

Camilo Q. Quintana, Founding member

artist, muralist, musician, photographer, curator, educator

Chaun Pridgeon,

muralist, photographer, adventure educator

Chrystal McGrew

artist, videographer, photographer, curator, educator



Organizations and Collectives

Founded & led by

The Know Art Collective & Victor M. Montañez

  • Artilleria D.E.L. Norte: Albany Park, Avondale, Logan Square
  • Avondale ARTs Collective
  • Artilleria D.E.L. Northwest, Sterling, Dixon, Rock Falls
  • Collectivo 18 (No Longer Active)
  • Chicago Artillery (No Longer Active)
  • The Collective Eye (No Longer Active)


Closely works with

  • Rockotilan, Cultural activists and cultural event promotions
  • MLCC's Midwest Lowriders
  • Feria Del Libro Mexicano & Latino
  • Logan Square's SUMMER SESSIONS
  • Logan Square's Farmers Market
  • Chicago Teachers' Center
  • NEIU
  • hACE
  • NEIU's El Centro Campus



Recent Exhibits

kNow Art Collective, Empowerment Art participated in these exhibits:

Jul, 2010 Art in The Park
Unity Park
Apr, 2010 Home @ Empire Liquors
Empire Liquors
Jan, 2010 Estrella Negra's Calacas featured Artist
Estrella Negra
Exhibited with these artists
kNow Art Collective, Empowerment Art has Exhibited with these artists:

Victor M. Montañez Clemente Student Leaders
Play for Peace leaders Chase School Student Leadership
Exhibited at these venues
kNow Art Collective, Empowerment Art has Exhibited at these venues:

Unity Park Chicago Teachers' Center
Associated with these artists
kNow Art Collective, Empowerment Art has Associated with these artists :

Victor M. Montañez
Associated with these venues
kNow Art Collective, Empowerment Art has Associated with these venues:

Empire Liquors Estrella Negra
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