Mauricio Ortiz

Born in El Savador in 1963. Raised in Costa Rica. Born again in London.

'Rorschach' by Mauricio Ortiz
'Rorschach' by Mauricio Ortiz

Original oil painting on linen 71 x 47" SOLD

'The Present' by Mauricio Ortiz
'The Present' by Mauricio Ortiz

Limited Edition silk screen print on paper 61 x 61cm / 24 x 24" Edition of 100 Signed and numbered by the artist Hand printed by Kip Gresham of Print Studio, Cambridge

'Redwing' by Mauricio Ortiz
'Redwing' by Mauricio Ortiz

Original Oil Painting on Linen 24x18cm / 9.5x7" SOLD

'Rorschach' by Mauricio Ortiz
'Rorschach' by Mauricio Ortiz

Original oil painting on linen 71 x 47" SOLD

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Butterflies & Moths

Ancient Egyptians saw a parallel between the linen wrappings of their mummies and the butterfly's chrysalis - a term derived from the Greek world for gold.
In Aztec tradition butterflies and moths were a symbol of reincarnation, new life and immortality. Even in death, their mounted beauty can remain intact for centuries. 

Butterflies and moths can be collected without pinning them to a board...

'Echo' by Mauricio Ortiz
'Echo' by Mauricio Ortiz

Coconut painting by Mauricio Ortiz Original oil painting on linen 14 x 14" SOLD

'Past' by Mauricio Ortiz
'Past' by Mauricio Ortiz

Coconut painting by Mauricio Ortiz Original oil painting on linen 40 x 40" / 102 x 102cm

'Rose' by Mauricio Ortiz
'Rose' by Mauricio Ortiz

Coconut painting by Mauricio Ortiz Original oil painting on linen 14 x 14" SOLD

'Echo' by Mauricio Ortiz
'Echo' by Mauricio Ortiz

Coconut painting by Mauricio Ortiz Original oil painting on linen 14 x 14" SOLD

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Fruits of the Tropics

Upon closer inspection, old weathered coconuts partially hacked open with a machete are curiously similar to the aerial view of a volcanic crater. The central perforation also resembles a dilated pupil surrounded by iris-like pulp as in a human eye. At other times, the mouth seems to emit a musical tone...

'Cadmiosphinctes Radiata' by M Ortiz
'Cadmiosphinctes Radiata' by M Ortiz

Shell painting by Mauricio Ortiz, 2004 Original oil painting on linen 71x71" / 180x180cm SOLD

'Skelemura Violacens' Mauricio Ortiz
'Skelemura Violacens' Mauricio Ortiz

Shell painting by Mauricio Ortiz Original oil painting on linen 71x71" / 180x180cm

'Shell Collection' Mauricio Ortiz
'Shell Collection' Mauricio Ortiz

Shell paintings by Mauricio Ortiz Original oil paintings on linen SOLD

'Cadmiosphinctes Radiata' by M Ortiz
'Cadmiosphinctes Radiata' by M Ortiz

Shell painting by Mauricio Ortiz, 2004 Original oil painting on linen 71x71" / 180x180cm SOLD

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Sea Shells

The unique whorls of shells are directed clockwise in perfect synchronization with universal harmony and are said to contain the primordial sound of creation.

Ortiz dramatically upscales these small but perfectly formed natural sculptures allowing us to see their incredible beauty more easily.

'Frog' by Mauricio Ortiz
'Frog' by Mauricio Ortiz

Tropical frog painting by Mauricio Ortiz Original oil painting on linen 72 x 72" SOLD SOLD

'Florida Panther' by Mauricio Ortiz
'Florida Panther' by Mauricio Ortiz

Florida Panther painting by Mauricio Ortiz, 1996 Original oil painting on linen 180 x 180cm / 71 x 71" SOLD

'Star' by Mauricio Ortiz
'Star' by Mauricio Ortiz

Acrylic on Etched Zinc Plate 16 x 16cm / 10 x 10" SOLD

'Frog' by Mauricio Ortiz
'Frog' by Mauricio Ortiz

Tropical frog painting by Mauricio Ortiz Original oil painting on linen 72 x 72" SOLD SOLD

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Animalia & Aquariana

Natural History. Remixed. The animal world has always been a facination for Ortiz. A jungle-boy at heart, his Mowgli-esque curiosity for all life forms has gone way beyond merely reproducing what can be seen in the natural world. The imagination of Ortiz has given us a series of fantastical creatures that only exist in his personal parallel universe.

'Hummingfish I' by Mauricio Ortiz
'Hummingfish I' by Mauricio Ortiz

Red Hummingbird painting by Mauricio Ortiz, 2003 Original oil painting on linen 180 x 180cm / 71 x 71" SOLD Last seen: Miami

'Hummingfish II' by Mauricio Ortiz
'Hummingfish II' by Mauricio Ortiz

Blue Hummingbird painting by Mauricio Ortiz, 2003 Original oil painting on linen 180 x 180cm / 71 x 71" SOLD Last seen: Miami

'Toucan & Bird of Paradise Flowers' by Mauricio Ortiz
'Toucan & Bird of Paradise Flowers' by Mauricio Ortiz

Original Diptych Oil on Linen SOLD Last seen: Costa Rica

'Hummingfish I' by Mauricio Ortiz
'Hummingfish I' by Mauricio Ortiz

Red Hummingbird painting by Mauricio Ortiz, 2003 Original oil painting on linen 180 x 180cm / 71 x 71" SOLD Last seen: Miami

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Birds

Having grown up in Central America, Ortiz was surrounded by the colours and calls of countless tropical birds. He kept a pet parrot in Costa Rica and has always been attracted to and by birds, resulting in an ongoing series of paintings. Somewhere between serious scientific studies and flights of fancy, Ortiz manages to avoid the trap of 'bird painting'. 

'Lunorama' by Mauricio Ortiz
'Lunorama' by Mauricio Ortiz

Moon painting by Mauricio Ortiz, 1996 Original oil painting on cotton 25 x 25cm / 10 x 10" SOLD

'Pearl' by Mauricio Ortiz
'Pearl' by Mauricio Ortiz

Pearl painting by Mauricio Ortiz, 1996 Original oil painting on cotton 20 x 20cm / 8 x 8" SOLD

'Coral' by Mauricio Ortiz
'Coral' by Mauricio Ortiz

Coral painting by Mauricio Ortiz, 1996 Original oil painting on cotton 20 x 20cm / 8 x 8" SOLD

'Lunorama' by Mauricio Ortiz
'Lunorama' by Mauricio Ortiz

Moon painting by Mauricio Ortiz, 1996 Original oil painting on cotton 25 x 25cm / 10 x 10" SOLD

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Orbs

Sexy Spheres. Seducers from space. Reducing something of planetary proportions to a canvas-sized curiosity allows the viewer to own and touch something that is normally beyond our reach. Ortiz has 'played God' with scale in many of his paintings - sometimes decreasing, sometimes increasing (see his shells) the size of familiar but intangible objects to a more manageable, human-appropriate state. Diminished in size, but certainly not in beauty, these enormous celestial bodies are transformed into precious jewels that can be collected, treasured and displayed for everyone's pleasure.

'Untitled' by Mauricio Ortiz 1993
'Untitled' by Mauricio Ortiz 1993

Oil on Linen (1993) (SOLD)

Self Portrait Mauricio Ortiz
Self Portrait Mauricio Ortiz

Oil on Linen (SOLD)

'British Boy' by Mauricio Ortiz
'British Boy' by Mauricio Ortiz

Limited Edition Print

'Untitled' by Mauricio Ortiz 1993
'Untitled' by Mauricio Ortiz 1993

Oil on Linen (1993) (SOLD)

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People and Objects

Portraits, Self Portraits and Still Lifes

'Past' by Mauricio Ortiz (in situ)
'Past' by Mauricio Ortiz (in situ)

Original Oil Painting on Linen

'Present' by Mauricio Ortiz (in situ)
'Present' by Mauricio Ortiz (in situ)

Original Oil Painting on Linen

'Rorschach' by Mauricio Ortiz
'Rorschach' by Mauricio Ortiz

Original Oil Painting on Linen (SOLD)

'Past' by Mauricio Ortiz (in situ)
'Past' by Mauricio Ortiz (in situ)

Original Oil Painting on Linen

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Animalia by Mauricio Ortiz at Freedom Bar London
Animalia by Mauricio Ortiz at Freedom Bar London

The first public display of 'Animalia' by Mauricio Ortiz was at the Freedom Bar in Soho, London in 1995

Mauricio Ortiz at Levi Strauss Flagship Store
Mauricio Ortiz at Levi Strauss Flagship Store

The reverse of the flyer for Mauricio's solo exhibition at the gallery space of the flagship Levi Strauss store in London. The enormous walls allowed Mauricio to show off various large format paintings and a wide selection of small original oils.

Mauricio Ortiz at Teatro Nacional San Jose
Mauricio Ortiz at Teatro Nacional San Jose

Ancient history time! This flyer is from one of Mauricio's earliest exhibitions. A sell-out show at the Teatro Nacional in San Jose (Costa Rica) was an early sign of great things to come fro this talented young artist.

Animalia by Mauricio Ortiz at Freedom Bar London
Animalia by Mauricio Ortiz at Freedom Bar London

The first public display of 'Animalia' by Mauricio Ortiz was at the Freedom Bar in Soho, London in 1995

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Time Out Trends
Time Out Trends

Trend-setter Mauricio Ortiz picked up for a feature in Time Out magazine

Roman Abramovich
Roman Abramovich

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich acquired several of Mauricio's paintings including his fabulous 'Florida Panther (referred to here as a leopard) and several of the shell painting from 'The Collection' restaurant in Brompton Cross, London

At Jerwood Space 2002
At Jerwood Space 2002

Time Out Trends
Time Out Trends

Trend-setter Mauricio Ortiz picked up for a feature in Time Out magazine

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In Situ

The best way to imagine how your new art would look at home is to see some images of it 'in situ'. Have a look at these gorgeous paintings by Mauricio in real home settings...

History

SOLO SHOWS

2011 NATUZZI, LONDON, Naturalia

2010 UNION CLUB, LONDON, Artist in Residence

2009 MUSEUM OF LONDON, LONDON, West India Quay Arts Festival

2006 PALL MALL DEPOSIT, LONDON, Curio

1997 PAUL SMITH, LONDON, Extinction

1996 LEVI STRAUSS FLAGSHIP STORE, LONDON, Mauricio Ortiz

1995 FREEDOM BAR, LONDON, Animalia (collaboration with Roland Mouret)

1995 DELFINA, LONDON, 1963

1990 JACOB KARPIO GALLERY, COSTA RICA, Mauricio Ortiz

1988 NATIONAL THEATRE OF COSTA RICA, Mauricio Ortiz

1986 NATIONAL THEATRE OF COSTA RICA, Mauricio Ortiz

 

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

2015 DARREN BAKER GALLERY, LONDON, Spectrum of Colour

2014 CLARENDON FINE ART, LONDON, Modern Masters

2014 AFFORDABLE ART FAIR, SINGAPORE (Eyestorm Gallery)

2013 CLARENDON FINE ART, LONDON, Best of British

2012 CLARENDON FINE ART, LONDON, Best of British

2010 CHRISTIES, LONDON, Multiplied Art Fair (Eyestorm Gallery)

2010 THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ART, LONDON, Original London Print Fair (Eyestorm)

2010 LOND ART FAIR, LONDON (Eyestorm Gallery)

2009 SCOPE MIAMI ART SHOW, MIAMI (Eyestorm Gallery)

2009 HAUNCH OF VENISON, LONDON, House of Cards

2008 AFFORDABLE ART FAIR, NEW YORK (Eyestorm Gallery)

2007 EYESTORM GALLERY, LONDON, Winter Wonderland

2007 OPUS ART, NEWCASTLE, Naturisms

2007 OPUS ART, NEWCASTLE, Inspire

2007 GIBSON GUITAR TOWN, LONDON (Gibson Guitars / The Prince's Trust)

2007 THE LONDON ORIGINAL PRINT FAIR, LONDON (Rebecca Hossack Gallery)

2007 OPUS INTERIORS, NEWCASTLE, Opus Art Gallery Launch Show

2005 WORKPLACE ART GALLERY, LONDON, The Analogue Surface

2004 AFFORDABLE ART FAIR, LONDON, A. Ciancimino Gallery

2004 ART LONDON, LONDON (Eyestorm / Britart)

2004 RED BOX GALLERY, NEWCASTLE, Beauty In Nature

2003 COMMONWEALTH INSTITUTE, LONDON, Urban Interiors

2003 SELFRIDGES, LONDON (BRITART) (main window installation)

2002 JERWOOD SPACE, LONDON, Art for Living

2001 A.CIANCIMINO, SPAIN, (ongoing showroom display)

1998 BONHAMS, LONDON, Futures: The Antiques of Tomorrow

1996 CONNAUGHT BROWN FINE ART, LONDON, Affordable Art Company

1993 MERZ CONTEMPORARY ART, LONDON, Paintings

1991 ART LONDON '91, LONDON, Delfina Artists Show

1990 SMITHS GALLERY, LONDON, Paintings

1989 JACOB KARPIO GALLERY, SAN JOSE COSTA RICA, Paradigm

 

AWARDS and PRIZES

2009 WINNER of METRO / SHELTER House of Cards DESIGN COMPETITION, LONDON

2005 ARTS COUNCIL OF ENGLAND GRANT, LONDON

1992 DELFINA’S MANILVA RESIDENCY, SPAIN

1993 DELFINA STUDIO TRUST RESIDENCY, LONDON

1992 DELFINA STUDIO TRUST RESIDENCY, LONDON

1991 DELFINA STUDIO TRUST RESIDENCY, LONDON

1990 DELFINA STUDIO TRUST RESIDENCY, LONDON

1987 SPANISH MINISTRY OF CULTURE TRAVEL FELLOWSHIP, SPAIN

1986 SPANISH MINISTRY OF CULTURE TRAVEL FELLOWSHIP, SPAIN

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