Apart from creating illusions, how does painting contribute to our visual culture and serve as a fertile and original source of creation?

Regardless of the themes present in my work, I root them in the methods of traditional painting. I believe that any motif, when represented with a specific handling of the materials, should resonate emotionally and evoke something from the sensitive viewer.  My intention is to use the medium less in the service of the illusion or representation than the reaffirmation of the pictorial surface: to establish a direct communication between technique and theme.

In the present body of work, I seek to provide an opportunity for the viewer to experience a feeling of connectedness with ordinary suburban life, which is a construct of the human race and an extension of our natural selves into our surroundings.

I’d like to give the sense that one is not alone, but part of a group with similar needs, longings, hopes, dreams, fears and desires that transcend time.

Alberto Ortega



Rooting his work in dense Spanish naturalism and its characteristic color palette, Alberto Ortega has taken American suburban life as subject matter for his oil paintings since moving to the United States in 2008.

The technique and usage of materials in the present body of work borrow from European Baroque paintings, while the narrative themes are born of literary and visual representations of American culture found in the works of artists and writers such as Raymond Carver, Richard Ford and Edward Hopper.

Alberto Ortega (Sevilla, 1976) earned his MFA in Sevilla, Spain, and works in Raleigh, North Carolina. He exhibits in Spain and the U.S. and has received grants and awards in both countries.

Mr. Ortega is represented by Blue Spiral 1 Gallery in Asheville, NC. Click here to visit the gallery website.





          2007    MFA, Painting concentration. University of Seville, Spain
          2005    BFA, Painting concentration. University of Seville, Spain




2017    New times three, Blue Spiral 1, Asheville, NC

2016    Regional Artists Project Grantees, United Arts Council, Raleigh, NC

2016    North Carolina Artists Exhibition, Betty McCain Gallery, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh, NC

2016    Biennial Exhibition, Greenville Museum of Art, Greenville, NC

2015    58th National Juried Show, The Imperial Center for the Arts & Sciences, Rocky Mount, NC

2015    SCOPE: The southern landscape, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC

2014    Winter Show, Greenhill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC

2014    The Windows View, Eno Gallery, Hillsborough, NC

2013    Solo show The blue hour, Designbox, Raleigh, NC

2013    Lines of Communications, Eno Gallery, Hillsborough, NC

2013    Artist Favorites, Eno Gallery, Hillsborough, NC

2013    Art of the Contemporary Still Life, Eno Gallery, Hillsborough, NC

2012    Winter Show, Greenhill Center for NC Art, Greensboro, NC

2011    Hallway Exhibition, Artspace. Raleigh, NC

2010     Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC

2009    6 Visions, Castle of San Marcos. Port of Santamaría, Cádiz, Spain

2008    Certamen Fundación Contsa. San Vicente Gallery, Seville, Spain

2008    RTVA Space, Isla de la Cartuja, Seville, Spain

2007    Sala Maravillas, Seville, Spain

2007    Museum of Alcalá, Guadaira, Spain

2007    The Postcard of Summer II, Galeria Signos del Mediodia, Seville, Spain.

2007    3 Visions, Anima Gallery. Seville, Spain

2007    XV Juried Painting Show, University of Seville, Spain

2006    Los temas en relación a la pintura, Gallery Association of Surveyors and Technical Architects, Seville, Spain

2006    Convergences, Félix Gómez Art Gallery, Seville, Spain

2006    Fall Show, Gallery Association of Surveyors and Technical Architects, Seville, Spain

2005    11x2 San Vicente 31 Art Gallery, Seville, Spain

2005    Juried Show, Gustavo Bacarisas painting price, Seville, Spain

2005    Juried Show, Ateneo de Sevilla, Seville, Spain

2005    Fall Show, Gallery Association of Surveyors and Technical Architects, Seville, Spain.

2005    Salon de Pintura de Otoño, Juried Show, Huelva, Spain


awards and honors


2015    Acquisition Award, 58th National Multi-media Juried Art Exhibition. The Imperial Center for the Arts, Rocky Mount, NC

2010    Acquisition Price XVII Villa de Rota Fundación Alcalde Zoilo Ruiz-Mateos, Cadiz, Spain

2006    Emerging Artist Grant, INICIARTE 06, Province of Andalusia, Spain

2006    International Prize in Painting Finalist. Alcalá de Guadaira, Seville, Spain

2005    Seville Cultural Center Painting Contest Finalist, Seville, Spain

2004    Talens Foundation Grant, Seville, Spain

2004    Work Selection, Forum Arte Sevilla Seville, Spain




2016    Transcending the Photo Reference, Alyssa Monks
2006    Three genres of painting, Juan Fernandez Lacomba


selected collections


     The Imperial Center for the Arts, Rocky Mount, NC

     Flad Architects, Raleigh, NC

     City of Raleigh, Raleigh, NC

     City of Isla Cristina, Spain

     City of Alcala of Guadaira, Spain

     City of Seville, Spain

     Gallery Association of Surveyors and Technical Architects of Seville, Spain

     University of Seville, Spain




Greenville Winter Show (2014), Triad City Beat. Greenville, NC

INICIARTE Emerging Artists Acquisitions and Grants Catalog (2006), Art Council of Andalucia, Seville, Spain

6 Visions Exhibition Catalog (2009), Castle of San Marcos, Port of Santamaria. Cadiz, Spain

Landscape Painting International Juried Show Exhibition Catalog (2007), Alcala of Guadaira Museum, Seville, Spain