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"Documenting an Old Empire: the San Antonio Missions en plein air" is the result of Ortiz's time in the San Antonio Missions Artist-in-Residence Program. Those last French words of the exhibit title signify that Ortiz painted the pieces entirely outside while looking at his subjects — in this case, antique colonial edifices.
It's fitting to see the dignified old structures expressed in Ortiz's vivid style, steeped in the bi-cultural landscape of South Texas he experienced while growing up with itinerant missionary parents.
If Ortiz's art lives anywhere, it's at a perpetual crossroads of pop and class. Other recent developments in his career range from a design for Lone Star's first Mexican Style Lager to the acquisition of his portrait of Tomás Ybarra-Frausto by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
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