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Cruz Ortiz

San Antonio, TX 

Cruz Ortiz is an American Contemporary Artist who uses multiple mediums examining connections to nature, hope, healing, beauty, endurance, and the cosmos. He uses bold graphic screen prints, figurative abstract portraiture, dream-like landscape paintings, temporal guerrilla installations, utilitarian machines, hand carved wood sculptures, large scale public art, video, and performance art.  He is interested in the exhausting narratives searching for love and the sense of home land. Ortiz is constantly working in the studio, jumping from traditional studio methods such as painting and sculpture to commercial printmaking and print design projects.  Most of his works are created with a sense of exigency, only so he can keep up with the ever evolving ideas and visual manifestos eager to be revealed. Early in his career he would thrash through photography, screen prints and video projects in a very punk skater rasquache manner, which involved staged performances and make-shift projection art parties. 

Currently, Ortiz has been exclusively working on painting as a romantic art historical form of documentation. It is through the use of this archaic form that he is taking risks of institutionalizing subject matter. In a time where everything is now digital and virtual, Ortiz is mixing oil paintings and painting from direct observation, while detecting the importance of painting for the future. He is also very interested in how painting pushes the critical contextualization of social political issues. His artistic projects aim to center the periphery to capture moments in history, especially the settler state that has tried, over and over, to erase from collective memory. With a great sense of urgency to record, preserve, and disseminate, he paints. 

Ortiz has committed himself to creatively collaborating with cultural arts organizations and social justice organizations for most of his career. He was also a public high school instructor for 15 years, working with diverse urban students. Cruz Ortiz has had solo exhibitions at: ARTPACE in San Antonio, Texas; the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, Texas; the University of Texas in Austin; The Museum of Contemporary Art in Santa Barbara, in Santa Barbara, California; and the Judd Foundation, in Marfa, Texas. He has been invited to participate in many major international exhibitions and institutions such as: the Louvre in Paris, France; EV-A in Limerick, Ireland; the traveling exhibition Phantom Sightings with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California; the San Juan Triennial in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and at The Blue Coat Museum, in Liverpool, England. His work is in the permanent collections of Ruby City, the San Antonio Museum of Art, the University of Texas at San Antonio Library Special Collections, the Arizona State University Museum of Art, the Houston Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas, and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

El Corrido de Cuando My Phone Died | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Yanaguana Boy Con Planta Near That Homeland Security Surveillance Blimp Thing Outside Marfa | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Cuando We Listened To River Tribes | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
La Lori y El Tonka in The Cumbia de Los Muertos Super Mix | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Río Bravo Boy Dreaming of Past Dreams | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Cuando I Keep Falling In Love Contigo | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Olivia y Janie at The Hispanic Gala | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Con La Luna Plata | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Adriana, Olivia, y Carina at The Cantina Amor Eterno | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
El Corrido de Pinche Dog Dreaming About Intergalactic Cumbias | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Cuando Los Muertos Started To Sing | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Estas Noches I Think Of You - Looking At The Stars | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Olivia Con The Nopales Y La Muerte | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Mariachis Con Los Trees De Uvalde | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Claudette Singing Corridos | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Cuando I Drowned | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Cuando I Drowned
$ 10,000.00
Sonidos de Monk | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Olivia at Sol Luna | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Edward y La Debra at The Rey Feo Party | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Mujeres Ortiz at Justine’s | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Morning Light on the South Llano River | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Rio De Los Sanas | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
La Reina De Porto Rosa | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Muerte Flowers | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Muerte Flowers
$ 4,500.00
Nao Con La Muerte | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Olivia En The Garden | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Olivia At The Casa Grande | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Flor Y Canto | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Flor Y Canto
$ 4,500.00
Olivia Con N95 En Marfa | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Auto Retrato Con Frajo | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Un Canción De Sadness Y Happiness | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Bernadette Con Cowboy Hat at Liberty Bar | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Terlingua Morning | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Rio Medina 2 | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Rio Medina 2
$ 3,000.00
Guadalupe River Land | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Guadalupe River | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Rio Medina Tree | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Danza De Los Cósmicos Print | {neighborhood} Cruz Ortiz
Cumbia Stars
$ 2,000.00
Trucha Stars
$ 2,000.00
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Red Stars
$ 3,500.00
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$ 3,500.00
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$ 3,500.00
$ 3,500.00
Amor Ojos
$ 2,000.00
Super Amor
$ 2,000.00
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