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About the Artist

Renzo Ortega (Lima, Perú 1974) is an artist based in Carrboro, North Carolina. Renzo received his BFA in painting from the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes del Perú (1999). He then studied at the Art Students League of New York (2000-04) and received 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 Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia (March 2019), The Power Plant Gallery at Duke University (February 2019), and at The John and June Allcott Gallery at UNC Chapel Hill (January 2018). In September 2017 he participated in a Bi-Personal Exhibition with NC artist Antoine Williams at the 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 in Greensboro, in the S-Files Biennial (El Museo, NY 2007) and Queens International Biennial (Queens Museum 2006). He is a recipient of the 2018-2019 North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award, 2018- 2019 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant Durham Arts Council, 2018 Orange County Arts Commission Artist Project Grant and 2016 Queens Council on the Arts New Work Award. In 2013, as a Kossak Travel Grant recipient, Renzo traveled to Berlin to study German Expressionism, and in 2015 traveled to Honduras as a part of the U.S. Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Envoy Program.

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