Montyne was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. Little did anyone know that on the day this artist entered into the world it marked the beginning of one of the most colorful and adventurous careers ever to exist in the history of the arts. Montyne flashed across the world of art like a brilliant comet, and his wonderful work secretly continues to blaze a spectacular trail of accomplishments that are truly all his own.
His rare talent was recognized early at the age of nine. As other children were enjoying the fruits of a carefree and spontaneous life, this child prodigy was being tutored privately. Only a few years later he was studying anatomy with medical students. At the age of twelve, because of a frail and sickly physique, he suddenly developed a consuming desire for physical strength. He became a devoted physical culturist and started training by way of a Charles Atlas weight-lifting course. Young Montyne received a medal from Mr. Atlas for “Physical Perfection” and continued to practice this way of living throughout his entire life. This passion to build strength into his undersized body led him into weight-lifting, yoga, martial arts, dance, and gymnastics, where he established many early records.
His willpower was enormous. His ability to overcome obstacles eventually led him into championship athletics wherein he established many weight-lifting records and won numerous trophies in fencing, wrestling and gymnastics. At this time in his early life Montyne was one of the few men in the world ever to have “pressed” double his body weight over his head. Nevertheless, he continued to study relentlessly throughout his youth, attending the University of Utah and graduating with top honors from the A. B. Wrights Academy of Fine Arts. He then went to study in Mexico City (where he studied the art of bull-fighting), Spain and Italy. Throughout his studies and physical training, young Montyne laid the unique foundation for his genius in art.
In 1940 he was to enter the Olympics for fencing and weightlifting, but the world had another challenge to concern itself with: World War II. The lost opportunity to compete in the famous games was heartbreaking, but he turned his attention to a number of artistic endeavors. One example was the popular “Lose-a-minute, Save-a-life” series of black and white illustrations on driving safety. This was considered the first national campaign to inform the public about the dangers of driving an automobile while under the influence of alcohol. He also worked on book illustrations, cartoons, and advertising. His growing notoriety afforded him the opportunity to paint a series of “cheesecake” or “pin-up” art for calendars to raise money for the war effort. Montyne’s pin-ups displayed the “girl next door” coyness, coupled with a palpable yet innocent sexuality. His work was in great demand by servicemen everywhere. Montyne was not admitted into the armed forces because of a previously broken back that had left him bedridden for eight