Raul 2

Photo Credit: Robin Subar

Raúl Ortiz


April 2-28, 2019


Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019

Time: 6-8 pm


My current body of work, compositions, exemplifies my exploration of painting by way of process — building up layers of pigment, random mark-making, overlapping shapes, textures, light, scale, incorporating documented images (gardens, flowers, trees, water, architectural elements, patterns, fabric, wallpaper) taken on walks during travels and around town, and the use of heightened-color interactions that are derived from the tradition of abstraction. Spontaneity plays a key role in reinterpreting/reframing and updating the landscape with a contrasting contemporary twist.


Ortiz was born in Ocampo, GTO, Mexico and immigrated to the United States with his family when he was 5. He received his BFA in Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2001. He has exhibited in venues such as the University Club of Chicago, the Evanston Art Center, National Museum of Mexican Art, the Old Town Art Center, the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, the Rockford Art Museum and the Wright Museum of Art, Beloit, Wisconsin. Recently, he was selected to take part in group shows in New York City and Tyler, Texas. He has also been an artist-in-residence at The Cliff Dwellers, Chicago in 2005. Ortiz currently lives & works in Chicago, IL.