Ortega (b. 1967, Mexico City; lives and works in Mexico City) belongs to a
group of Mexico City-based artists who came of age artistically in the 1990s. Although
Ortega had no formal art education, he was influenced by Gabriel Orozco, who
led an experimental art course in Mexico City during the 1990s. Envisioning his
projects through drawing – that then take form as sculpture, installation,
performance, film and photography – for Ortega, the work of art is always an
action: an event. Like the work of fellow Mexican artists Eduardo Abaroa,
Minerva Cuevas, Abraham Cruzvillegas, and Gabriel Kuri, Ortega's artwork is the
result of experience and knowledge gained in local art schools and
participation in an artistic environment that fosters information exchange,
experimentation, and collaboration.
Ortega has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Mexico and abroad. He has exhibited at Minsheng Art Museum in Shanghai (2012); Pinchuk Art Centre in Kiev, Ukraine (2011); the Barbican Centre in London and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York (2010); the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and the New Museum in New York (2009); Le Centre Pompidou in Paris and MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, New York (2008); Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, England, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2007); Tate Modern in London (2005); Kunsthalle Basel and Museu de Arte da Pampulha in Belo Horizonte, Brazil (2004); the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia (2002): Museu Serralves in Oporto, Portugal, and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki (2001 ); the Generali Foundation, Vienna (2000); and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City (1999).