Mauricio Cortes Ortega is a Mexican-American multidisciplinary artist living and working in New York. His work explores and questions the intricacies of colonial Latin America, working in a range of mediums like painting, sculpture and drawing, his work reimagines history by transforming recognizable symbols like famous crowns and textiles. He uses abstraction to render subtle presences of emerging figures. Cortes attempts to separate the condition of the physical body and push to augment the psychological consequences of absence. His projects commence with research on specific objects from colonial history, be it known historical crowns like the Crown of the Andes of Colombia or textiles from a certain era and location like the Rio Grande Sarape from the southwest, Cortes looks to history for visual clues to better understand the complex history of colonialism. In his 2-d work Cortes pays homage to the colors and style of Mexican textiles. His mark-making closely hugs the surface, the abundance of stripes and colors slow down the read of a tattered history of colonialism, conquest, and crossing. Cortes uses a wide range of media and processes from intaglio printmaking to drawing by hand using oil pastels, bingo markers, spray paint, acrylic paint and ink. The repetition, symmetry, and line-work in the image is akin to weaving, lines bow upward and outward forming structures that sit center in the composition. His sculptural work oscillates between traditional ceramics to found-object installations. His recent clay work uses slab construction to make biomorphic forms comparable to crowns and finished with a deep-black mirror glaze, the sculptures redact the decorative, proposing forgotten and faceless rulers. In his found object sculptures he uses air conditioning units, t-shirts, mannequins and terra-cotta colored siesta men figurines. 
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EDUCATION 
2016 Yale University, Painting and Printmaking, MFA
2012 The Cooper Union, BFA
2011 Yale Norfolk School of Art

SOLO & TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2019  Scintillate, Mueller Gallery, Caldwell University, NJ 
2016 Of Another, Silk Road Gallery, New Haven, CT  [two-person exhibition with Karen Dow]
2015 Following Through, The Study, New Haven, CT 
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019 
Bien Vivir, Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX (Forthcoming-June 2019)
Analemma, Loisada Center, New York, NY
Supported at its Ends—Hanging by its Weight, Loisada Center, New York, NY
2018
Model Redux, Bronx Art Space, Bronx, NY
Ojalá, WOTY, Hunter East Harlem Gallery , New York, NY [two person installation with Maria De Los Angeles]
Arte/Facto, ProFoundation, collaboration with Alva Mooses, Brooklyn, NY
Internalized Borders, John Jay College, New York, NY
Reconstruir Mexico Part II, co-organizer with Alva Mooses, Loisaida Center, New York, NY
2017
Reconstruir Mexico, co-curator with Alva Mooses, 41 Cooper Sq Gallery, New York, NY
Broad Stripes, Brandford House Yale, New Haven, CT
1st Year Anniversary, La Maison d’Art, New York, NY
Body-ody-ody, 205 Project Space, New York, NY
Lost in the World, Mulherin, New York, NY
Broad Stripes and Bright Stars, Ely Center, New Haven, CT
Old Glory, Mulherin, New York, NY
Illegal Fashion Exhibition, White Box, New York, NY
2016 
Group Show, 6.Base, Bronx, NY
Practice Makes Practice, Mulherin, New York, NYPartners, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY
Double Dip, Yale School of Art, thesis exhibition, New Haven, CT 
All Arts Mega Mixer Salon, Afro-American Cultural Center, Yale University, New Haven, CT 
New Genealogies, Greenhall Gallery, Yale School of Art, New Haven CT,
Sunrise/Sunset, Infinity room, Los Angeles, CA 
2015-2012
Group Show, FRONT, New York, NY
Following Through, The Study, New Haven, CT 
Bienal De Las Fronteras, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Creacion en Movimiento, San Pedro Museo de Arte, Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
Inaugural Exhibition, FRONT, New York, NY
Thesis Presentation, 41 Cooper Sq Gallery, The Cooper Union, NY [two-person exhibition with Mad Luellen]
New Prints 2012/Summer, International Print Center, New York

WORKSHOPS & INSTITUTIONAL ROLES
Present Faculty, Pierrepont School, Westport, CT
2019
Guest critic, The Cooper Union, NY, NY
Balloon, co-choreographer, performance by Pierrepont School students, Yale School of Art Green Hall Gallery, New Haven, CT
Weekend Workshop, plaster casting, Loisaida Center, NY, NY 
Juror, The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, NY, NY
2018
Guest critic, The Cooper Union, NY, NY
Teaching Workshop, CASA WABI, Oaxaca, MX
Drawing from a Museum Collection, Workshop, Museo Communitario del Valle de Xico, MX
2017
Juror, The Scholastic Art and Writing awards, NY, NY
2016-2015 Teaching assistant, printmaking, Yale School of Art, NH, CT
2015 Teaching assistant, Yale Norfolk School of Art, CT

RESIDENCIES, AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS & TALKS
2019
AIM Fellow | The Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY 
2018
Crowns and Caps Artist Talk, OSU Museum of Art, Stillwater, Oklahoma
University Carolina, Artist Talk, Saltillo, Coahuila, MX  
Rainbow Mantle, Artist Talk, Harwood Museum, Taos, New Mexico
Museo Artes Graficas, Residency, Saltillo, Coahuila, MX 
Smelser Vallion Visiting Artist, Residency, Doel Reed Art Center, New Mexico
2017
Contemporary Crossorads II Yale Alumni Conference, Talk,  Lowes Hotel, Miami
Rema Hort Mann Foundation Artist Community Engagement Grant, NYC
2016 New England Graduate Media Symposium, Assembling Bodies: Exchanges In Collaboration, Boston 
2015 Schell Center for International Human Rights Travel Fellowship, Yale Law School, NH
2014 FONCA Jóvenes Creadores (National Mexican Council for Culture and Arts) Fellowship, MX
2012 
Residency, Arts Letters and Numbers, Avrill Park, NY
Museum Acquisition Prize, Bienal de las Fronteras, MX
2011 The Ellen Battell Stoeckel Yale Norfolk Painting Fellowship, Norfolk, CT
2010 Benjamin Menschel Fellowship Recipient, The Cooper Union, NYC