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Dulce Montalvo (she/her) is a Mexican-American, self-taught artist. Montalvo was born in Seattle, Washington where her parents immigrated to in the 80's. Knowing she was creative from an early age, Montalvo independently explored many artistic outlets throughout her childhood. Montalvo's work explores cultural and socio-political elements of Mexico, Chicano culture, and her identity as a first-generation Mexican-American daughter. The work often depicts very nostalgic and deeply personal scenes from her family's home in Mexico City. Her works are part of private collections in Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York City, London, UK and Mexico City, MX. 

Dulce Montalvo is currently the assistant director and curator of Froelick Gallery, one of Portland's most notable galleries open since 1995. Froelick Gallery exhibits and represents a diverse roster of contemporary artists each with strong and independent voices. Montalvo is passionate about her creative vision of growing a community of BIPOC artists to culturally influence and engage with a broader audience. 



Dulce Montalvo apprenticed under her late Mother-in-law and local Portland artist, Molly Cliff-Hilts. Molly first introduced Dulce to the encaustic technique that she uses today; a striking combination of all her favored mediums, painting, sculpture, photography, and printmaking. As Molly began her battle with cancer Dulce stepped into the role of caregiver and studio assistant. Together they finished Molly's last painting left in the private collection of the Hilts family. Before her passing, Molly generously left her fully equipped art studio to Dulce. Molly Cliff-Hilts passed away in her Portland home surrounded by love and family on January 21, 2021. 

Please consider donating to The Molly Cliff-Hilts Scholarship for Historically Marginalized Artists

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