Lazaro Montano was born and raised in Miami, Florida.
Always drawn to the visual arts, he has experimented with and explored a variety of artistic mediums.
In 1986 he co-founded Camera Obscura, an alternative photography studio, darkroom and gallery in the burgeoning art scene of South Miami Beach.
He graduated magna cum laude in 1996 from Florida International University where he received his BFA degree with a major in photography and a minor in art history concentrating on contemporary Latin American art.
In 1998 he moved to Boston, Massachusetts to attend graduate school. He was awarded his MFA degree in 2001 from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in affiliation with Tufts University.
He has taught at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and is an adjunct professor at Lesley University College of Art and Design (formerly the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University).
He currently sits on the board of directors for the Boston Center for the Arts where he has had a studio in their Artist Studio Building since 2004.
He also co-chairs the United South End Artists which organizes the annual South End Open Studios as well as other annual events for its 200-plus members.
He lives and works in Boston.