Painting | Carrboro
Renzo Ortega uses brilliant colors and bold brushstrokes to capture his experiences as a Peruvian immigrant artist living in the United States. Influenced by pre-Hispanic patterns, colonial iconography, German Expressionism, and North American gestural abstraction, his paintings and sculptures show the continuity and ever-evolving relationship between the history of the Americas and contemporary culture.
Lauren Berber describes Ortega’s work in a review in the Triad City Beat: “His current work examines the material and immaterial obstacles that he and other Latinx people currently face in the United States, drawing connections between the displacement of Native Americans and Latinx immigrants’ ancient, ancestral connections to the land. It is a painful paradox that these histories are often erased but simultaneously fetishized and appropriated.” The confluence of history and contemporary society, along with his use of vibrant colors and abstract forms, provides an avenue for viewers to consider and create their own interpretations and connections with his work. He hopes his paintings will provide a message of hope, understanding, and inclusivity.
Renzo Ortega is a 2018-2019 N.C. Arts Council Artist Fellowship recipient. He received his M.F.A. from Hunter College, CUNY. His work has been exhibited at GreenHill in Greensboro, as well as in New York and Peru. He was awarded the Orange County Arts Commission Artist Project Grant in 2017 and the Queens Council of the Arts New Work Grant, New York, in 2016. He lives in Carrboro.