2021 Artist

Dionis Ortiz

Relationships between pattern, physical movement, labor, and memory are at the nexus of my conceptual process and are manifested in collage, painting, and printmaking. I explore making wood grain textile patterns with acrylic paint, silk-screen, and collagraph on paper and de-construct it into abstract collages.

Biography

Dionis Ortiz is an interdisciplinary artist, community art producer, and Educator born and raised in Harlem. In 2020, he was Artist in Residence at Children’s Museum of Manhattan. In 2019 he received the Rema Hort Artist Community Engagement Grant and the Presidents Award from Hunter College. He earned his MFA at Hunter College in 2018, participated in the Laundromat Project’s, Create Change Fellowship program, and was the Artist in Residence at Materials For The Arts. In 2001 graduated with a B.F.A from Purchase College. In 2013, he participated in The Bronx Museum of the Arts, AIM program.

Artist Statement

Relationships between pattern, physical movement, labor, and memory are at the nexus of my conceptual process and are manifested in collage, painting, and printmaking. I explore making wood grain textile patterns with acrylic paint, silk-screen, and collagraph on paper and de-construct it into abstract collages. The ersatz yet regal qualities of wood address the aspirational drive of new immigrants while variegated colors of wood reflect the nuances of skin colors within my family and community. The loci for this investigation is centered around my dual identity as a New Yorker from Harlem and as a person of Dominican descent.

www.dionisortiz.com

Instagram: @Dionis_O_Studio

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