Editor's Note: This is one of a continuing series of interviews with notables in the creative industry. This week, we talk with the immensely talented Bert Monroy. Check out his amazing photo-realistic work here.


Your Name

Bert Monroy



#1 What is your primary job title?



#2 Who or what inspires you?

Maxfield Parrish, Richard Estes and life.


#3 What do you think about when alone in your car?

Whatever is important or cool that particular day. Sometimes what isn’t.


#4 Share a life lesson you learned?

Don’t put things off, get them done.


#5 Favorite period of history?




#6 What projects are you working on right now?

A street scene in Paris. It is a breakaway from my usual work in that, due to a new machine, I have increased the size and res of the image giving me more detail than ever before.


#7 Describe your personal style.

Work wise my style is Hyper-realistism. Life, intense and laid back at the same time.


#8 What tech tools do you use in your work?

Illustrator and Photoshop.


#9 When did you know you'd found your calling?

Been drawing since I was 2.


#10 What's your super power?



#11 Peanut Butter: Creamy or Chunky?



#12 What makes you happy?

The simple things in life like a hike in the woods or a good plate of pasta.


#13 What do you do to relax?




#14 Your place of birth?

New York City


#15 Favorite artist or art movement?

Richard Estes and the rest of the artist in the Photorealism movement.


#16 Share a funny moment from your career?

I was once in Chicago to do a demonstration of PixelPaint. I specified that the machine needed to have and 8-bit board to handle the 256 colors.


When I arrived, the machine was not as ordered. With the guts of the machine spread out all over the table, I had to stall and entertain the audience of about 500 people for 45 minutes while Apple Chicago brought the right video card so I could do my thing.


Fortunately not a single person left.


#17 Color of the car you drive?

Green Honda CRV


#18 Any new skills you'd like to learn?

Playing the piano.


#19 How do you get your news?

Ear to the ground. Newspapers, TV, Internet anything that comes at me.


#20 Advice to other creatives?

Do what you love and are passionate about. Don’t be swayed by what others think of your work, do what comes from your heart.