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    Felipe Ortiz

    Murales artist | Painter, Boston, MA, USA
    Felipe Ortiz

    Brier introduction

    The multicultural upbringing and travels between my native Colombia and United States has and continues to help me gain and understand a wider perspective in my artistic interests. From Colombia’s vibrant culture, colors, sounds and dense natural scenery, to the States’ vast landscape and fast-paced urban environments, there are multiple elements I can pick from each location and merge into the pictorial and self-idealistic vision I’d like to represent.

    In recent years, I have explored and presented a variety of styles and themes in my paintings, which are based on three practices: observation, drawing, and composition techniques. These practices are often used by themselves or combined throughout my work. Observational skills are fundamental in all my creations, as I may take reference from the realistic views of my surroundings, capturing not only an aspect of realism, but also time and place. Drawing practices are the most effective way for me to capture my observational skills. There’s a drawing process involved in every painting, information I’m retaining while documenting my ideas. The compositions I design often deal with my current feeling and energy while painting a piece. Being in tune with myself helps me decide on color pallet and distribution of my surface. Whether it is a mathematical composition based on patterns, or a more intuitive approach, it often plays a big role in the initial moments of a painting.

    Thematic variations include but are not limited to urban and industrial scenery, nature, abstracted geometry, expressive mark making, and a hybrid between all of these themes, which can define a more personal, unique and stylized painting. One of the purposes of mixing themes and styles is to show an alternative fusion of my interest, such as a cityscape interacting with a natural setting, while birds and vegetation invade the confined spaces of a structural formation. It is this juxtaposition of imagery that allows me to play with different levels of depth, creating almost an illusion that depicts an abstract arrangement based on realism. This may give the viewer a second opportunity to look closer and find details that may be camouflaged in the excitement of overlapping of layers. I invite the viewer to enjoy my art almost as a modern surrealist, where each element in the painting is carefully selected, investigating the possibilities of an imaginative view with in a world of associated imagery that lead up to your personal and open interpretation.


    “CALICALOR” (Solo Exhibit) Gomas Cvli Galería. Cali Colombia.

    “Making Art 4.0” Fort Mason. San Franciso CA.

    “Global Arts Eats & Beats” presenting art from Colombian muralists from the Fresco Exchange. Cambridge Innovation Center. Boston MA

    “Future Arts Festival” arts @ the Armory, Somerville, MA.

    “HABITAT/ion” 4th Biennial juried alumni exhibition. Bakalar Gallery at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Boston, MA.

    “Fresco Exchange (Cali)” gallery 2 at Secretaría de Cultura Cali, Colombia.

    “Recent and previous works by Felipe Ortiz.” (Solo Exhibit) at Cambridge Common. Cambridge, MA.

    “Boston Arts Festival.” Boston, MA.

    “Eclectic art and design.” Boston Design Center. Boston MA.

    “Locality.” Cambridge Innovation Center, Boston, MA.

    “Artweek Boston” at Cambridge Innovation Center. Boston, MA.

    224 Boston St. Restaurant presents “Works by Felipe Ortiz and Adam O’Day.” Boston, MA.

    Private corporate display at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management. Boston, MA.

    Private corporate display at Cambridge Innovation Center. Boston, MA.

    “Wide Open 6.” Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition. Brooklyn, NY.

    “Architectura Articulation.” Audio concepts. Boston, MA.

    “The Works of Felipe Ortiz.” South End Realty Group (solo exhibit) Boston, MA.

    “Recent Paintings” Works by Felipe Ortiz. Christopher’s Bar and Restaurant (solo exhibit) Cambridge, MA.

    224 Boston St. Restaurant presents “Recent Paintings by Felipe Ortiz” (solo exhibit) Boston, MA.

    Eastern Bank of Brookline presents “Paintings by Felipe Ortiz” (solo exhibit) Brookline, MA.

    “Around the World” Picture Place Gallery. Brookline, MA.

    The Equal Exchange Cafe presents “Works by Felipe Ortiz.” (solo exhibit) Boston MA.

    Za Restaurant presents “Works by Felipe Ortiz” (solo exhibit) Arlington MA.

    “Ambassadors” Scollay Square Gallery. Boston City Hall. Boston MA.

    “Wide Open 3” Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition (curated by Charlotta Kotik) Brooklyn, NY.

    “10th Annual Boston Arts Festival” Boston, MA.

    “Winter Display” 224 Boston St. Restaurant. (solo exhibit) Boston, MA.

    “Salad 3.0” Lot F Gallery, Boston, MA.

    “November Display” JP Licks, Jamaica Plain, MA.

    “18th Jamaica Plain Open Studios” Cheverus Building. Jamaica Plain, MA.

    “Spring and Winter Sale” Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Boston, MA.

    “Champagne, Cake and Art” Whitman Town Hall. Whitman, MA.

    “Chain Letter” Samson Projects Gallery. Boston, MA.

    “Espiritus Afines” Casa de la Cultura East Boston, MA.

    “Eclectic” Casa de la Cultura. East Boston, MA.

    “Fire Works” Lot F Gallery. Boston, MA.

    “Facing Out” The Outpost Gallery. Cambridge, MA.

    “The Connect” Lot F Gallery. Boston, MA.

    “F.A.M.E.” Via Matta Restaurant. Boston, MA.

    “Spring and Winter Sale” Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Boston, MA.

    “Abington Studios Show” 200 Wales Studios. Abington, MA.

    “The New Different” Lot F Gallery. Boston, MA.

    “Collective Expressions” 200 Wales St. Studios. Abington, MA.

    “Boston Biennial” Atlantic works Gallery. Boston, MA.

    “SOWA Art Walk” Harrison Ave. Boston, MA.

    “2009 Senior Show” Bakalar Gallery. Massachusetts College of Art. Boston, MA.

    “21st. Annual Mass. Art Benefit Auction” Bakalar Gallery Boston, MA.

    “Everything that was, is, and will be” Thesis show at Massachusetts College of Art. Boston, MA.

    “The Urban Influence” Carry Memorial Library. (Solo Show) Lexington, MA.

    Garage on Ivy Gallery, Cambridge, MA. The Attic, Cambridge, MA .

    At the Buzzer, Allston, MA .

    Abott Kinney Festival, Venice, CA.

    “Studio 402” Student life Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art. Boston, MA.

    “Foundation Factory” Massachusetts College of Art. Boston, MA.


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