Austin native Peter F. Ortiz Jr. exhibit in the Sam Z. Coronado Gallery at the ESB-MACC —
December 11, 2018

Austin native Peter F. Ortiz Jr. exhibit in the Sam Z. Coronado Gallery at the ESB-MACC

By Liz Lopez

The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB MACC) is featuring Austin based visual artist, Peter F. Ortiz Jr., with an exhibit in the Sam Z. Coronado Gallery. The exhibit just opened this month and the “La Yerba Buena” exhibit will remain through November 24th, according to Herlinda Zamora, Manager of the cultural center.

This show features artwork that has not been seen before, including the work on paper, Blue Jay Feather. Peter’s work is rooted in his upbringing in the Montopolis neighborhood of East Austin. His work is intimately tied to his culture and his surroundings, often featuring elements of nature and the environment intertwined with the human form in various shades of colors that invite the viewer to see the beauty in diversity.

“In my images or stories, I describe some as spiritual or earthly matters using people in not so ordinary colors to connect with all races, fish, water and plants. I try not to use contemporary elements or clothing in belief this keeps my work timeless.” – Peter Ortiz

Ortiz attended Johnston High School and after graduation, attended Austin Community College. He then studied at the Otis/Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles. During the years he studied and resided in LA and New York, he exhibited his work in other cities in California, Texas and in the nation. Ortiz’s current studio is in the Montopolis neighborhood.

The art exhibit consists of 45 number of the artist’s work that spans the past years of his work to the most current, never before exhibited pieces.

Viewing the exhibit in the gallery is free of charge and open to the public. Free Parking is available to guests attending programs, galleries and special events at the ESB-MACC, located at 600 River St. A temporary parking pass is available in the main office. For more information about the exhibit and venue, visit http://austintexas.gov/page/emma-s-barrientos-macc-exhibitions.

The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC) is dedicated to the preservation, creation, presentation, and promotion of the cultural arts of Mexican Americans and Latino cultures.

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