Mauricio Ortiz’s paintings usually depict single objects floating like stars in space; elemental and monolithic. His technical skill with paint is dazzling, with an attention to detail that makes these giant subjects hyper-real, drawing the viewer into an almost trance-like state. Once these images draw you in, other associations come to mind. From a planet in space to a specimen on a microscopic slide, the visual field is open to the imagination. For Ortiz these are objects of devotion, visual mantras to lead the viewer into a deeper state of contemplation. In his recent works, colour plays a major part. Drawing references from Kandinsky’s colour theory, he uses light, warm red to represent strength and energy. In his new painting “Arteries”, red is used as a metaphor for oxygenated blood, a symbol of life. Stemming from a curiosity of natural forms,
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