Montevideo was born during midnight conversations in bars and cafes around the world about the role art can play in our increasingly divided times. Now based in Los Angeles, we are a global collective of writers, artists, and filmmakers, spanning different continents, languages, and ways of seeing the world.
Despite our differences, each of us believes that a single life is more valuable than every gold coin ever minted on earth. We believe each person is a global citizen rooted in a local community with an important story to share and deserves to live a healthy, safe, and dignified life. Learn more here about how your purchases enable us to put this belief into practice.
In thinking about the role art can play in building bridges between different cultures and fostering a new humanism robust enough for the 21st century, we were inspired by the late, great Uruguayan writer and activist Eduardo Galeano.
That’s Eduardo in the photo above standing in front of his favorite café in Montevideo not long before his passing in 2015. We were especially inspired by his thoughts below about striving to realize your ideals no matter how impossible doing so might seem:
Utopia lies at the horizon. When I draw nearer by two steps, it retreats two steps. If I proceed ten steps forward, it swiftly slips ten steps ahead. No matter how far I go, I can never reach it. What, then, is the purpose of utopia? It is to cause us to advance.
The future is uncertain, but this much we know: art has the power to help us advance together. That's why nothing makes us happier than if something we've created inspires you to take a step toward your own dreams on the horizon of this crazy, immense, noble world we call home.