Bernardo Ortiz

COL (1972). Lives and works in Colombia and Brazil

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Bernardo Ortiz is a visual artist and a writer. He combines these activities with his professorship at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, his home city.

Ortiz builds his work around notions of time and the day-to-day banalities of quotidian existence. Through these simple and conceptually accessible ideas, he establishes a relationship with the surfaces he works on through the superimposition of materials, text, and folds. In addition to the commonplace quality of his concepts, he draws attention to the bidimensionality of his works which combine carefully chosen gestures with elements of chance.

His study of philosophy and dedication to literature allow him to intensely explore the coexistence and tension between the written word and painting. He frequently includes cultural and historical references to Colombia in his works, using colors, typography, and texture in a seemingly simple, clean way.

Ortiz has had solo shows in Bogota and London and has participated in group shows in Austria, Norway, at the Sao Paulo Biennial in 2012, and at the Lyon Biennial in 2011, among others. His work is exhibited at the MoMA in New York and in private collections in the United States, Brazil, England, and Colombia.