Renzo Ortega "Journey To Infinity"
January 7th to January 15th.

Opening reception:
Saturday, January 7th, 2017.
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing, NY 11354

Renzo Ortega will exhibit a new series of paintings in canvas, that are a pictorial representation of emotions and feelings. Renzo Ortega's journey is similar to the experience of many people that have come to the United States. He believes that being an active community member, make us part of the Country's economy and culture. Painting it is strongly related to our identity. For this reason, Renzo wants to continue the legacy of the WPA artists that during the great depression expressed in their work the life of the people of America. Our current times are similar and he believes that his paintings will contribute with a message of hope and a statement that art expressions are crucial because art sets out cultural models in a continuous renewal.

This exhibition is made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Program
Painting workshop:
Sunday, January 8th. 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Closing, Artist Talk:
Sunday, January 15th. 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Gallery Hours:
SAT & SUN, 12-5 PM
and by appointment weekdays at (646) 884-4710


Renzo Ortega (1974) began his artistic career in the art and underground music scene of his native Lima-Perú. Later he emigrated to the United States, he lived and worked in New York for over sixteen years. He received a BFA in painting from La Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes del Perú (1999), studied at the Art Students League of New York (2000-04), he is a visionary founder member and was the artistic director of Local Project, a no for profit art organization in Queens, New York and has his MFA in painting from Hunter College (2014). His artwork has been exhibited in solo and group shows in US, Perú, Austria and Chile. He participated in the S-Files Biennial (El Museo del Barrio, NY 2007) and Queens International Biennial (Queens Museum of Art 2006). In 2013, as a Kossak Travel Grant recipient, Ortega traveled to Berlin to study German Expressionism. His recent curatorial work and projects are "25 Bienal de Pintura Centroamerica y el Caribe" in Honduras, “Stamp manifest” at Gowanus Print Lab, “Deep Breath” exhibition at Local Project, “InQbate” Sound Artist Residency at the Queens Museum of Art and the series of artist talks “The Impossible Project” at Reverse Art Space. In 2015, Ortega produced a body of screen-printing work at Gowanus Print lab in Brooklyn. This work was exhibited at his recent solo exhibition in Lima, Peru at Galería Fundación Euroidiomas. In 2016 Renzo Ortega received the Queens Council on the Arts New Work Award and also traveled to Honduras as a part of the U.S. Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Envoy Program. His upcoming exhibition will be in January 2017 in The Flushing Town Hall Gallery in Queens, New York.

www.renzoortega.com