Renzo Ortega (1974) began his artistic career in the art and underground music scene of his native Lima-Perú. Later he emigrated to the United States, he lived and worked in New York for over sixteen years. He received a BFA in painting from La Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes del Perú (1999), studied at the Art Students League of New York (2000-04), he is a visionary founder member and was the artistic director of Local Project, a no for profit art organization in Queens, New York and has his MFA in painting from Hunter College (2014). His artwork has been exhibited in solo and group shows in US, Perú, Austria and Chile. He exhibited at the Art on paper: The 44th Exhibition at The Weatherspoon Museum of Art in Greensboro, NC, participated in the S-Files Biennial (El Museo del Barrio, NY 2007) and Queens International Biennial (Queens Museum of Art 2006). In 2013, as a Kossak Travel Grant recipient, Ortega traveled to Berlin to study German Expressionism. His recent curatorial work and projects are “25 Bienal de Pintura Centroamerica y el Caribe” in Honduras, “Stamp manifest” at Gowanus Print Lab, “Deep Breath” exhibition at Local Project, “InQbate” Sound Artist Residency at the Queens Museum of Art and the series of artist talks “The Impossible Project” at Reverse Art Space. In 2015, Ortega produced a body of screen-printing work at Gowanus Print lab in Brooklyn. This work was exhibited at his solo exhibition in Lima, Peru at Galería Fundación Euroidiomas. In 2016 Renzo Ortega received the Queens Council on the Arts New Work Award and also traveled to Honduras as a part of the U.S. Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Envoy Program. His recent solo exhibition “Journey to Infinity” was in January 2017 at The Flushing Town Hall Gallery in Queens, New York. In March 2017 Renzo Ortega was an artists in residency at ArtSpread in Detroit. His upcoming exhibitions will be at Greenhill Center for NC Arts in Greensboro, NC.
2014 MFA Hunter College, Painting, CUNY
2000/04 Painting, Mix media and Composition, Art Students League of New York, NYC
2000 BFA Escuela Nacional Superior Autónoma de Bellas Artes, Lima, Perú
2017 Journey to Infinity, Flushing Town Hall, New York
2015 El Mar, el viaje y otras tragedias, Galería Fundación Euroidiomas, Lima-Perú
2006 MASS Production. Repetti Gallery, Long Island City, New York
2003 Paintings-paintings. Local Project, Long Island City, New York
1997 Con Fe, San Marcos University Gallery,Lima-Perú
Con Fe, Installation, Museo de Arte de Cusco, Perú
1996 Pie de Limon, ICPNA Gallery, Lima-Perú
1995 Yo? Plastico, San Marcos University Gallery, Lima-Perú
Pop-Up Solo Exhibition Projects
2013 Pinturas Negras, Terror Gallery, Lima-Perú
Ship me to Mexico, Reverse Art Space, Brooklyn, New York
2011 Contrabando – Art Smuggling Action. M55 Art Gallery, Long Island City, New York
2010 Spaces (Paintings), 1 Vernon Jackson Space, Long Island City, New York
2009 Almost 10 years of hits, Solo Show AES Gallery, New York
2001 Join Us, Installation Charas Community Center, LES, New York
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 Art on Paper 2017 Biennial, Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina. Greensboro, NC
MEZCLA, The Carrack Modern Art. Durham, North Carolina.
2016 We Still Imagine, make and read books, SPACE 776. Brooklyn, NY.
Stamp-Manifest, Gowanus Print Lab. Brooklyn, NY.
En la Cresta de la Ola, Surf Art, Galería delBarrio, Lima-Perú
2015 Who, a look at contemporary portraiture. Leslie Heller Workspace, LES, New York.
New Work New York, Survey of work by NYC MFA recent graduates
Curated by Kat Griefen. Saint Nicks, Brooklyn, New York
Terremoto, Galería delBarrio, Lima-Perú
Shangri-La in L.I.C., Long Island City Arts Festival, The Factory, Queens, New York
Lima Lands of Terror, 17FROST Art Space/Terror Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
2014 Hunter MFA Thesis Exhibition, Hunter College 205 Hudson Gallery, New York
The Basel Break off, Kill Your Idol Art Space, Miami Beach.
If these walls could talk, mural art exhibition, ABC no Rio, Local Project
Art Not Without _____, Amos Eno Gallery, Bushwick, Brooklyn-New York
2013 Save Fail, Bullet Art Space “abc no rio in exile”, LES, New York
Performeando, Grace Performance Space, New York
Sell Out, Performances, No Longer Empty, LIC, New York
2012 Desplazamientos, Galeria Conejo, Santiago, Chile
TONIGHT. (VIE), Lust Gallery, Vienna, Austria
Latin Labor Day Art Fest, White Box Gallery, New York
THE TRIP, Autonomous Art Show, Bushwick Open Studios, New York
2011 ENVIO/SHIPPING, works on paper, Terminal 1 Art Space, Santiago, Chile
Enfrentamientos (video Art Exhibition), Espacio G at Ateliê 397 São Paulo, Brasil.
Surrounded, ONE Art Space, Tribeca, New York
Fashion Is For Ugly People, Illuminated Metropolis Gallery, New York
2010 Alternative Histories, EXIT Art, New York
Autosemblematic, Local Project, LIC, New York
BABEL, Space 37, QMAD, Jackson Heights, New York
33 open Doors, Newark Council On the Arts, New Jersey
The Last Day On Earth, Viiideo Gallery. Brooklyn, New York
2009 Portraits as an intimate connection, Local Project, L.I.C., New York
2008 Latino Art Collectives in a Post Movement Milennium, NYU, New York
The place in place of the place, Spanic Attack Art Collective, South Bronx
2007 S-Files Biennial, El Museo del Barrio, New York
MISC Video & Performance, New York Studio Gallery, New York
2006 Queens International Biennial, Queens Museum of Art, New York
2004 Post Platano, Longwood Art Gallery, Hostos Community College, New York
2000 Expressionism in Perú, Museo de la Casona de San Marcos. Lima-Perú
1999 El Ultimo Lustro, Centro de Artes Visuales de la Municipalidad de Lima. Lima-Perú
1998 Salon Regional, Bienal de Lima, Centro de Artes Visuales de la Municipalidad de Lima. Lima-Perú
Awards and Residencies
2017 Orange County Arts Comission, Artist Project Grant.
Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.
SpreadArt Detroit. Artist in residency subsidized in part by the Sustainable Arts Foundation
2016 Cultural Envoy Program, US Department of Cultural Affairs.
2016 New Work Grant, Queens Council on the Arts
2013 Kossak Travel Grant, Hunter College MFA
2016 Juror of the 25th Painting Biennial. Tegucigalpa-Honduras.
2015 Deep Breath, printmaking exhibition, Local Project, L.I.C., New York
2013 The Wall, mural program at Local Project.
The Impossible Project, Art Talks, Reverse Art Space, Brooklyn, New York
2012 The Impossible Project, Art Talks, Reverse Art Space, Brooklyn, New York
2011 InQbate, Sound Art Residency, Queens Museum of Art
2010 Elektra KB / Bang Geul Han, Local Project Gallery, L.I.C., New York
2009 Queens Sky, Queens Art Express, Local Project Gallery, L.I.C., New York
Portraits, Armory Arts Week, Local Project Gallery, L.I.C., New York
2006 Urban Logbooks, Local Project Gallery, L.I.C., New York
2005 Black, Local Project Gallery, Long Island City, New York
2017 24 Oceanos, Dias Azules, Cassette y Digital. No Violence Music Records.
2017 Chica Dinamita, R-Tronika, Digital. No Violence Music Records.
2014 Dias Azules, Renzo Ortega, Cassette. No Violence Music Records
2012 Sonido Atómico, R-Tronika, CD and Digital. No Violence Music Records
2010 EP, R-Tronika, Vinyl and Digital. No Violence Music Records
2008 Apple Pie, R-Tronika. CD and Digital. No Violence Music Records