Photo by Richard Kagan 

BIO

 VICENTE ORTIZ CORTEZ is a contemporary Mexican artist based in Philadelphia and the recipient of the 2020 Michelle Angela Ortiz Curatorial Fellowship from Da Vinci Art Alliance. His work addresses themes of sexuality, identity, and anthropocenic anxieties. He has exhibited at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art in South Korea, and had a solo show at Museu da Praia in Alagoas, Brazil, among others. A recipient of several awards, he has also been juried into exhibitions by the Curator of Contemporary Art at PAFA Museum, Jodi Throckmorton, and by The Nation’s art critic, Barry Schwabsky. He serves in the Penn State School of Visual Arts Alumni Board and in the Gallery Committee at University City Arts League. Ortiz Cortez received his BFA from The Pennsylvania State University, and also attended Studio Arts College International (SACI) in Florence, Italy.

@ortizcortezstudio

www.ortizcortez.com

ARTIST STATEMENT

I explore themes of sexuality, identity, and anthropocenic anxieties. My work ranges from small colored pencil drawings to installation and performance art, all of which is influenced by my catholic upbringing in the macho culture of rural Mexico. Through the use of my culture’s vibrant color palette, I bring attention to sociopolitical issues, raising questions about the fate of nature and humanity.

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VICENTE ORTIZ CORTEZ

Born 1992​​, México​

Lives and works in Philadelphia, USA

EDUCATION​​

2014 Bachelor of Fine Arts, The Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, USA

2013 Studio Arts College International (SACI), Florence, Italy​​​​​

HONORS AND AWARDS

2020 Best Dance Film (for EEUU, 2019), 1st Annual Bump’n’Grind Film and Performance Fest, Toronto, Canada

2020 Michelle Angela Ortiz Curatorial Fellowship, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

2019 14th Annual Juried Art Exhibition Award (for EEUU, 2019), Juror: James Claiborne, William Way LGBT Community Center, Philadelphia, PA

2019 Highly Commended Award, Red Line Art Works, Bath, United Kingdom

2015 Featured Artist, 4th Student International Small Print Show, El Minia University, Egypt

2015 Featured Artist, Penis Monologues, No Refund Theater, USA

2014 Undergraduate Juried Exhibition Merit Award, Juror: Barry Schwabsky, Penn State University, USA

2014 Stefan J. S. Levine Endowment, Penn State University, USA

2014 Margaret Giffen Schoenfelder Memorial Scholarship Award for Painting, Penn State University, USA

2013 SACI Scholarship, SACI, Italy

2012 William J. and Lois Kesterson Leight Scholarship Award for Demonstrated Artistic Ability, Penn State University, USA

2011 Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity Scholarship Award, Penn State University, USA

2010 William A. Hirsch Award for Excellence in Black and White Drawing, Chester County Art Associatio (CCAA), USA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS​

2021 Eternal Peace (2084), The Study, Philadelphia, PA (upcoming)

2020 Paz Futura (2084), Museu da Praia, Alagoas, Brazil (collection)

2014 La Primavera del Invierno, Sweet & Paciorek, Avondale, PA

2014 vih-SEN-tay, Patterson Gallery, University Park, PA​

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020 Tenses: Queer Bodies Through Time, William Way LGBT Community Center Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (virtual)

2020 Philly's Freedom: Artists Speak Out, National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA (October 16, 2020 - February 13, 2021)

2020 Noche de Película, Film Festival, PDX Latinx Pride, Portland, OR (virtual)

2020 1st Annual Bump’N’Grind Film and Performance Fest, Toronto, Canada (Nominations: Best Dance Film, Best Performance Film) (award) (virtual)

2020 Roxie Roz Burlesque, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (virtual)

2020 Artists for Black Lives Matter: The Pandemic Alliance Edition, Virtual, Artists for Black Lives Matter, 1310 Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, FL (Upcoming)

2020 The Phenomena of Natural Phenomena, New Society Art, Stem Advocacy Institute (SAi), Boston, MA (Curated by JennyMae Kho) (virtual)

2020 Eros and ThanatosBeam Collective, Tel Aviv, Israel (Curated by Igor ZeigerMaria Rosenblatt, and Erika Tal-Shir) (virtual)

2020 Unrealisierte Projektefeldfünf, Berlin, Germany

2020 In 24-Hours: Desirable Feelings, The Wall Space Gallery, Scotland, UK (Curated by Ayshia Taskin and [SHIFT:ibpcpa]) (virtual)

2020 What Now?, Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, CT (virtual)

2020 Artist, Reader, Writer II, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

2019 Student and Faculty Exhibition, University City Arts League, Philadelphia, PA

2019 Perennial Visions IIDa Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

2019 14th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, William Way LGBT Community Center Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (Juror: James Claiborne, independent curator and Public Programming Manager, African American Museum, Philadelphia)

2019 215 | 610 CONTEMPORARY: Juried Exhibition of Regional Emerging Artists, Art Gallery, Delaware County Community College, Media, PA (Juror: Jodi Throckmorton, Curator of Contemporary Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum)

2019 Stonewall @ 50, Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA (invitational) (Co-Curators: David Acosta & Janus Ourma)

2019 Expanding the Queer Perspective, The Common Room & Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania, The Common Room, Philadelphia, PA

2019 Encounters with Whitman, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA (Jurors: Stiofan O'Ceallaigh, UK & Jose Luis Cortes, Puerto Rico)

2019 Small Favors: Juried, Korman Gallery, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA (invitational, by Jennifer Zwilling)

2019 Postcards from the Edge, Visual AIDS, Bortolami Gallery, New York, NY

2019 Objectified 2019, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (CICA) Museum, Gyeonggi, South Korea (catalog)

2019 Group Exhibition, Red Line Art Works, Bath, United Kingdom (award) (virtual)

2018 Student and Faculty Exhibition, University City Arts League, Philadelphia, PA

2018 Know Now, Bahdeebahdu, Philadelphia, PA (invitational, by RJ Thornburg)

2017 Single Fare 4, New York Academy of Art, Highline Stages, New York, NY

2017 Priority Mail, Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY​

2017 Not My President Still My CountryPhiladelphia Creatives for Change, A Poet Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2017 Cold PizzaThe Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA (invitational, by D'Nae Harrison)

2015 Penis Monologues, No Refund Theater, University Park, PA

2015 4th Student International Print ShowEl Minia University, Extra Art Gallery, Cairo, Egypt (juried)(catalog)

2015 4th Student International Print ShowEl Minia University, Gallery of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Minya, Egypt (juried) (catalog) (collection)

2014 Courage to Create, New Leaf Initiative, State College, PA (works censored on opening day by New Leaf Initiative directors)

2014 X=HP^O, Patterson Gallery, University Park, PA

2014 BFA Studio Tour Arts Crawl, School of Visual Arts, University Park, PA

2014 Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, Edwin W. Zoller Gallery, University Park, PA (award) (Juror: Barry Schwabsky, Art Critic, The Nation, New York, NY)

2014 BFA Exhibition, Edwin W. Zoller Gallery, University Park, PA

2014 The Right to Remain Violent: Gun Control for a New Civilization, The Penn State Downtown Theatre Centre Gallery, State College, PA

2013 Undergraduate Juried Show, Edwin W. Zoller Gallery, University Park, PA (Juror: Tim Roda, Artist, New York, NY)

2013 Petriz, Patterson Gallery, University Park, PA (two-person exhibition, with artist Jeremy Petrachonis)

2013 BFA Exhibition, Edwin W. Zoller Gallery, University Park, PA

2013 2D + 3D, Palazzo dei Cartelloni, Florence, Italy

2013 SACI Design Exhibition, Palazzo Maidoff, Florence, Italy

2012 BFA Exhibition, Edwin W. Zoller Gallery, University Park, PA

2012 Beyond the Classroom Walls, Borough Building, State College, PA

2011 BFA Exhibition, Edwin W. Zoller Gallery, University Park, PA

2010 Emerging Artists II, Starbucks, Kennett Square, PA

2010 Chester County Art Association (CCAA) Art Festival, CCAA, West Chester, PA (award)

2009 Emerging Artists, Starbucks, Kennett Square, PA

2009 Kennett Artists, The Flash, Kennett Square, PA

2009 CCAA Art Festival, CCAA, West Chester, PA​​

CURATORIAL WORK

2020 Curator, Respect for the Rights of Others is Peace: Building on Hope, Unity, Sacrifice, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA (Oct 31 - Nov 18)

2020 Juror, Colors of HopeDa Vinci Art Alliance, Gallery X, Philadelphia, PA

2019 Curator, Chanthaphone Rajavong: FUTURE/SUSTAINABLE, University City Arts League, Philadelphia, PA

2019 Curator, Laura Mecklenburger: Spell Craft, University City Arts League, Philadelphia, PA

2018 Co-Curator, Formerly PhillyUniversity City Arts League, Philadelphia, PA​​

COLLECTION​S

Museu da Praia, Alagoas, Brazil

El Minia University, Minya, Egypt

EXPERIENCE

Board Member, Penn State School of Visual Arts Alumni Board, 2020 - Present

Gallery Committee Member, University City Arts League, Philadelphia, PA, 2018 - Present

Art Instructor, Community Education Alliance, Philadelphia, PA, 2017 - 2020

Curatorial Assistant, Palmer Museum of Art, University Park, PA, 2014

Assistant, Edwin W. Zoller Gallery, University Park, PA, 2011 - 2013

© 2020 Vicente Ortiz Cortez