Cesare Monti was born in Brescia in 1891. He went very young to Paris and spent two years there (1906-1908). Back in Brescia, he studied painting with Edoardo Togni, a pupil of Gaetano Previati and he approached the divisionist technique. In 1911 he moved to Milan and began to frequent the lively artistic environment. In 1915 he married Amelia Sanquirico and became a member of the Milanese Artistic Family. In these years he is assiduously present at the events of the Permanente of Milan and those of Brescia. In 1920 he held an important solo exhibition in an avant-garde gallery, called “Arte” or “dei Ipogei” of Milan and is present at the XII Venice Biennale.
In 1921 he won the contest for the Legate Brozzoni in Brescia. In 1922 he confirmed his presence at the XIII Venice Biennale. In 1923 he took part in the XIV Exhibition of Ca ‘Pesaro in Venice. In 1924 he was nominated honorary member of the Brera Academy and was awarded the Magnocavallo Prize. In 1925 he exhibited at the III Biennial in Rome and held his first solo exhibition in Brescia. In 1926 he took part in the I Mostra del Novecento Italiano at the Permanente in Milan. From ’27 he confirms his presence at the main national and international exhibitions of the twentieth century Italian. In 1929 he reappears in the II Mostra del Novecento Italiano. In 1930 he won the “Omero Soppelsa” award for the landscape at the XVIII Venice Biennale and in Milan the Sallustio Fornara Award. It is present in 1931 at the I Quadriennale in Rome together with the Lombard Novecentists. In 1933 he exhibited a panel at the V Triennale di Milano. In 1937 he was appointed Director of the Artistic Family. In 1939 he was appointed honorary professor at the Academy of Carrara. .