Tradition meets present-day familiarities in Manila-born visual artist Jason Montinola’s works. His paintings tap into the subconscious and have surreal features as he renders classic art historical subjects. The inspirations behind depicting faces and figures of art history can be traced in his childhood—when he was a child, he was engrossed with painting encyclopedias. One can also see Salvador Dali’s influence in his art style. Born in 1979, Montinola took bachelor of science in art education in 2003 at the Technological University of the Philippines. His works have been exhibited at the Yuchengco Museum, Last Rites Gallery in New York City, and Distinction Gallery in California. He also had his solo exhibitions in art galleries in the country, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur and participated in group exhibitions in Manila, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Malaysia.