Renzo Ortega: What I Left and What I Brought.

What I Left and What I Brought
Renzo Ortega

On view: January 29–February 16, 2019

Artist Talk No Talk: January 30, 2019, 6:30pm
Displacement Potluck: February 9, 2019, 2pm
Third Friday Durham: A night of music about displacement, February 15, 2019, 6pm-9pm.

In this thoughtful self-portrait, artist Renzo Ortega creates a site-specific installation at the Power Plant Gallery reacting to the political conflicts that drove him from his native country of Perú. By exploring what he left and what he brought, Ortega examines his life in Perú, and as an immigrant in the United States.

Installed over the course of three weeks, patrons to the Power Plant Gallery will bear witness to Ortega’s labor in this multi-dimensional installation reflecting on current times and issues of displacement and immigration.

“I want to go beyond the two-dimensional format of the canvas. I want to generate an environment that welcomes the viewer, share with them my history and create a connection through their interpretations.”

What I Left and What I Brought is an ongoing artistic action that symbolizes the need for reunion, building on the absence and the utopia of returning.”

Ortega will hold regular hours in the gallery. Please check the Event Calendar for more information

Renzo Ortega is an immigrant artist from Lima, Perú. In 2000 he emigrated to the United States, lived and worked in New York for over sixteen years. In the fall of 2016, relocated with his family to Carrboro, North Carolina. Renzo received a BFA in painting from the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes del Perú (1999), studied at the Art Students League of New York (2000-04) and has his MFA in painting from Hunter College (2014). His artwork has been exhibited in solo and group shows in the United States and Perú. His recent solo exhibitions have been at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro (August 2018) and at The John and June Allcott Gallery at UNC-Chapel Hill (January 2018). In September 2017 participated in a Bi-Personal Exhibition, with NC artist Antoine Williams at Greenhill Center for NC Arts in Greensboro. Renzo’s artwork has been exhibited in museums such as the Works on Paper: 2017 Exhibition at The Weatherspoon Art Museum at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, in the S-Files Biennial (El Museo del Barrio, NY 2007) and Queens International Biennial (Queens Museum 2006). He is a recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award, 2018 Orange County Arts Commission Artist Project Grant, 2016 Queens Council on the Arts New Work Award. In 2013, as a Kossak Travel Grant recipient, traveled to Berlin to study German Expressionism, and also in 2015 traveled to Honduras as a part of the U.S. Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Envoy Program. In Spring 2018 he was a visiting lecturer at UNC Chapell Hill, teaching painting to undergraduate students.

Renzo Ortega is a recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council Artists Fellowship–This project is also supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts–and a recipient of the Durham Arts Council Grant–This project is made possible by an Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant from the Durham Arts Council with support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

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[Thumbnail photo: Renzo Ortega, El Mar, El Viaje y Otras Tragedias, Solo Exhibition / Galeria Fundación Euroidiomas in Lima-Perú.
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