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.
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
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