The artist was born in Medellín (Colombia) in 1969, influenced by the culture of the comic. This interest lead him to begin his studies in the art school project in Medellin and then in Valencia, Spain where he studied Fine Arts. He currently lives and works in Italy.
Ortega‘s work combines painting with sculpture, making each piece a little scenario in which superheroes entrusted to any mission or presented as cult figures stand out. The use of Tintin, the main character in the work of Ortega, is intended to show the iconic connotations of the character. These characteristics are determined by which represents itself the character, its moral values and their unwavering determination to carry out its mission. So when Tintin embodies a superhero or a Saint, it is intended to indicate that the mission is in good hands.
In his twenty years of intense professional career, Ortega has had over eighty exhibitions in Europe, Asia, South and North America, such as the Hall of the frescoes of Le Sibille di Raffaello in the Chiostro of the Bramante, Intelligent Building in Medellín EEPP; Guest Artist, 21st International Exhibition of Comics in Barcelona, Spain; Cow Parade in Barcelona, Museum of Water.
“The imagination of my artistic work is born with the stories my father told me as a child and the comic books that I read gladly at night. I remember how, through the paintings of my father’s favorite artists, he created a whole novel of suspense, adventure and sometimes with a bit of drama. He interlaced the stories with historical events and with some other personal anecdotes. That’s how I got to know BOSCH’s Garden of Delights; The Starry Night of VINCENT VAN GOGH; The Persistence of Memory of SALVADOR DALÍ; DIEGO RIVERA AND FRIDA KAHLO, etc. And those cartoons that I loved reading at night, without a doubt even among my favorites, BATMAN, SUPERMAN and other superheroes.
This was how my imagination was fed throughout my childhood, following me in adolescence, growing year after year until finally, I took the brush and created my first superhero. Each painting has its own story, each of my superheroes have thousands of adventures to tell. They live inside me, they have accompanied me throughout my artistic career. Through my imagination they come alive. My paintings are my children. And as a good father I am always trying to take them to the extreme, to the point of humanizing them.”