Biography


Morgan Monceaux is a painter, singer, dancer and historian.

Born 1945 and raised in Alexandria, Louisiana, he credits his mother, also a singer, with awakening his lifelong interest in music and art. After studying music and theology at Bishop College, he served in Vietnam and wandered around the country for many years before moving to New York and beginning to paint.

His work exemplifies what it is to be a visionary artist. He has no formal training in art, and as a homeless person, lived much of his adult life outside conventional society. His work does not belong to a folk tradition but is inspired by a private vision that exists apart from traditional notions of art and art-making. However, in recent years, success has brought Monceaux rewards to which many formally trained artists also aspire.


"I am lonely, therefore I create."
-- MM

He was discovered in the early 1990s by an East Hampton gallery owner.

While still working as a janitor and painting in his spare time, Monceaux passed by a gallery in East Hampton that specialized in primitive American art. "I saw the works in his window. The images were raw just like mine," he recalls. "So I walked in and said 'I know someone who can do this.' And the owner said, "No one out here can paint like this." That's when I told him that's what I did."

His very first series of paintings, "George to George, the Presidential Portraits" has been exhibited in galleries and libraries all over the United States.

Three of his "Jazz: My Music, My People" pieces are in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery's permanent collection.

He lives and paints today in Baltimore. MD.