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Date & Time
January 17, 2020 at 12:00 pm1:00 pm
Free; open to all. Light lunch provided.
Ruby Lounge at the Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705 United States

Is painting relevant? What lies beyond painting? In this talk, artist Renzo Ortega will present his thoughts and conclusions after his experience as a visiting artist at the Rubenstein Arts Center and following his solo exhibition at the Power Plant Gallery, during which he created the site-specific installation What I Left and What I Brought.

Header image: View of What I Left and What I Brought by Renzo Ortega at the Power Plant Gallery, courtesy the artist.

About the Speaker

Renzo Ortega (Lima, Perú, 1974), is an artist based in 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, Spain, and Perú. His recent solo exhibitions have been at Vox Populi gallery in Philadelphia (March 2019) and at the Power Plant Gallery at Duke University (February 2019). He is a recipient of the 2018-2019 North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award, 2018-2019 Orange County Arts Commission Artist Project Grant, and a 2016 Queens Council on the Arts New Work Award. In 2013, as a Kossak Travel Grant recipient, Ortega traveled to Berlin to study German Expressionism. In 2015, Ortega traveled to Honduras as a part of the U.S. Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Envoy Program. Renzo was a visiting lecturer at UNC Chapell Hill (Spring 2018), teaching painting to undergraduate students. In June 2019, Ortega was a visiting artist at the Rubenstein Arts Center at Duke University.

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