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Meet Pily Montiel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Pily Montiel.

Pily, before we jump into specific questions about the company, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born and raised in Maracaibo, Venezuela, in a family with dual heritage (Venezuelan and Spanish). Growing up, I remember feeling that “creative bug” from a very young age. I educated myself in drawing: buying art and design books, making little sculptures and experimenting on my own with different materials. When the time came, I moved to the US to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design. Through that education, I learned new techniques as well as industry standards that nurtured my sketching skills and helped me develop my own style. As time passed, I also had the urge to start my own business. Coming from a family of entrepreneurs and strong independent women, I obviously strived for the same and was clear in reaching that same goal.

My journey came to a hold when my grandmother, a key figure in my life, fell sick and eventually passed of metastatic breast cancer. The grief led me to mourn, and the way I mourned was through art. I poured all my feelings into my pieces and developed a state of catharsis during those harsh days. As a part of my process, I started posting the images and videos of my drawings on social media, which eventually picked up the attention of an Art Company.

The Creative Director, Lola Sanchez, saw the potential in me and, besides picking up a few pieces for their gallery, encouraged me to pursue this as a business. For that, I will be forever grateful. Right there at that second, I knew I had the idea to fulfill my goal of creating my own business.

Fast forward, I rented a studio/office in Downtown Miami, set up a company, trademarked my name and created Pily Montiel™ Art Studio, a business that sells and develops art and illustrations for businesses and customers all over the US and Canada. I hope to “give each person a luxury experience by offering unique art products.”

Has it been a smooth road?
It has not. The first set-back was immigration. Even though I had been educated in the US, I still had not achieved a status that permitted me to start a business without applying for a new visa. This required me to start a whole new immigration process that allowed me to run a company. A substantial investment was required, as well as many other technicalities. Thankfully, with the support of my family, I was able to meet all the requirements and obtain the status I needed to get the business going.

On the other hand, whether this sounds cliche or not, being a woman has also led to struggles in the past. I encountered several uncomfortable situations with men in work settings. Often times it was just discouraging, while others, it really made me want to quit. You feel belittled and disrespected. The only thing that kept me going was the thought of my mom, grandmother, and aunt. Strong women, that stopped at nothing, what would they say if I quit over that?

With that in mind, I shook it off each time and eventually “learned” how to deal with it. I became a tough cookie. I had never mentioned this because I truly believe that, sadly, most women have gone through something similar, I’m no different to any of them, and some have had it worse. I do have to say, after the #metoo, everything has changed. Thus, I am extremely thankful to all the women who spoke out, and I’m very passionate about the movement.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into your Art Studio’s story. Tell us more about the business.
Pily Montiel™ Art Studio is a company that develops and sells wall art and prints. We focus on B to B but also have a House Brand, where we specialize in lifestyle products with a focus on wall decor.

We are now developing an online gallery area that will feature art from a renowned local and international artist. The pieces will include original work as well as close and open edition art prints. The goal with this is to make art more accessible to America’s middle class and educate people on how to invest in pieces of art that will not only decorate their homes but will also hold value.

As a company, I’m most proud of our transparency, customer service and values. We believe in sustainability and apply it as much as our resources allow it. We are conscious of the products we use, recycle, up-cycle, and hold little no stock in order to reduce waste. On the other hand, customers are gold to us, and they are treated like that. I would rather have the company take a loss on an item than to have an unhappy customer.

What sets us apart is that, unlike other companies in the market, we bring art to you from actual artists. The pieces are not made by graphic designers that follow trends. Every piece you get was created by an artist that used his/her skills in composition and painting to produce such an item. Because of this reason, the pieces hold more value than mass-produced artworks.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I see art becoming more accessible. I’d hope more sustainable practices are put in place, specifically in companies that re-produce the artist’s work. That one is more of a wish than a prediction. On the other hand, with the emergence of new technology, I see new art categories arising and an increase in immersive art experiences. Virtual reality will be a big part of that for sure.

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1 Comment

  1. Carolina Dorrego

    November 20, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    I love to see Hispanic woman doing what they love and sharing their stories with the world. Congratulations Pily!

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