Artist Tour: Raúl Ortiz
Raúl Ortiz takes visitors through his exhibition, More is More, located in the Museum’s historic McCormick House. Ortiz will answer visitor questions and share the thought process behind his work, including how architectural elements, color, pattern, and nature inspire him.
Free with admission or current membership.
Advanced ticket purchase recommended.
Exhibition programming is sponsored by Explore Elmhurst grant program and The Driskill Foundation.
About the exhibition
While a fan of modernist design and architecture, Raúl Ortiz’s paintings do not prescribe to the “less is more” philosophy credited to Mies van der Rohe. With a penchant for color and contrast, Ortiz combines a variety of different colors, patterns, and forms from multiple sources such as ethnographic patterns, architectural elements, and botanical forms. His finished paintings reflect a collage-like process of overlapping layering, obliterating, and refinement of images with decidedly contemporary color choices.
Raúl Ortiz lives and works in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. He is originally from Diego Rivera’s hometown of Guanajuato, Mexico. At the age of five, he moved to Chicago’s Little Village with his family. He received a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the University of Illinois.