Renzo Ortega

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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 and Perú. His recent solo exhibitions have been at Espacio Venancio Shinki ICPNA in Lima-Perú, Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia (March 2019), the Power Plant Gallery at Duke University (February 2019), and the John and June Allcott Gallery at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (January 2018). Renzo's artwork has been exhibited in museums such as the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art SECCA and the Weatherspoon Art Museum in North Carolina, and El Museo del Barrio and Queens Museum in New York City. He is a recipient of the 2018–19 North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award, 2018–19 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 also in 2015 traveled to Honduras as a part of the U.S. Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Envoy Program. He participated in the Visiting Artist Residency at the Rubenstein Arts Center at Duke University in 2019 and the 2020 New Wave Art WKND artist-in-residence program in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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