Short Bio

Graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature at UNAM. Since 1993 he has exhibited individually and collectively both in Mexico and abroad. Starting from the theoretical and literary references that molded his thinking, he has always maintained a very precise relation with certain authors, who have served as a reference to understand the way his material and visual interests have shifted. A heterogeneous artist, Ortega was part of Temístocles 44 and founded publishing projects such as Casper, a publication made by a group of artists and whose profile showed the source of references that marked his generation. 

If we consider that his first investigations in video date from the end of the eighties, it could well be said that Ortega has maintained a serious investigation on this mean, first using it as a documentation tool for actions made in public spaces. Over time, the medium itself became a direct investigation into the language of video, making it pass to increasingly complex mechanisms to influence the timing of the image, using various spatial strategies. As an artist who bets on trajectories, his gaze seeks the sculptural condition of landscape, silence and emptiness as resources that lead to rethinking the contemporary subject. Philosophical and literary resources are constantly moving back and forward into his work, just to mention some of the titles: Six essays ... Regarding Calvino (1998-1999), The shadow line (2004), Breakfast for Dino Campana (2009). 

Representative of Mexico's Pavilion in the 56 Bienale di Venezia, within his production can emphazise: Regarding the Edge of Things, Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City (2017); Punk, its traces in contemporary art, MACBA / Barcelona, Museo Universitario del Chopo / Mexico (2016); Strange Currencies. Art and Action in Mexico City 1990-2000, The Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia (2016); Moving Time: Video Art at 50, 1965-2015, Ely and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan (2016); Before the hangover. A fraction of the nineties in the collection of MUAC, Mexico (2011);So it is, now is now, Alameda Art Laboratory, Mexico (2010); Inverted Horizon, The Clauselito, Mexico City Museum, Mexico (2010); 4th Prague Biennial, Karlin Hall, Thamova (2009); The Age of Discrepancy, MALBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina / Pinacoteca of the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil (2008); Before the Horizon, Maison d'Art Actuel des Chartreux, Belgium (2006); After the Act, MUMOK Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria (2005); Occupancy, Public Art Room Siqueiros, Mexico City (2004); Something Happens, Nothing, International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York (2002); Gwangju Biennial, South Korea (2002); Biennial of Tirana, Albania (2001) and Biennial of Gwangju, South Korea (2000).

CV
Solo exhibitions
2013

(Notes for an Inclusion of Silence)

Ciudad de México México.
2012

Some Things Last a Long Time

Mexico City Mexico.
2009

Desayuno para Dino Campana

Sinaloa Mexico.
2006

Before the Horizon

Brussels Belgium.
2004

Occupancy

Mexico City Mexico.
2002

Something Happens, Nothing

New York USA.
2001

Nothing Else

New York USA.
2000

Yo, Nosotros

Mexico City Mexico.
1999

Reisen

Hamburg Germany.
1997

Campo de acción

Mexico Mexico.
Group exhibitions
2017
Le immagini reinventate
Carrara Italy .
2017
Body / Action / Object
Oslo Norway .
2017
Between Words and Silence. The Work of Translation
Pasadena USA .
2016
Punk. Sus rastros en el arte contemporáneo
Barcelona / Mexico City Spain / Mexico .
2016
Time Test. International Video Art Reasearch Exhibition
Beijing China .
2015
Moving time: video art at 50, 1965-2015
Michigan USA .
2015
Strange Currencies: Radical Objects and Dissident Acts – Mexico City, 1990-2000.
Philadelphia USA .
2015
In Girum Imus Nocte et Consimur Igni
Mexico City Mexico .
2014
Contemporary Mexican Art
London England .
2014
On what there might not be
Mexico City Mexico .
2013
Yo es otros. Contemporary Selfportrait.
Zapopan, Jalisco Mexico .
2013
Todos los fuegos.
Guadalajara Mexico .
2012
(la distancia interna)
Mannheim Germany .
2011
1, 2, 3, Volume
Mexico City Mexico .
2011
God only knows who the audience is: Performance, video and television through the lens of La Mamelle
San Francisco USA .
2011
Antes de la resaca. Una fracción de los noventa en la colección del MUAC
Mexico City Mexico .
2011
Lonarte 11 Project
Madeira Portugal .
2011
Lásku. Z. Peklalove. From. Hell.
Prague Czech Republic .
2010
IP Détorunement.
Paris France .
2010
The moles’s horizon
Brussels Belgium .
2010
Trayectorias Aleatorias
Brussels Belgium .
2010
¡Son techo está pelón!
Mexico City Mexico .
2010
Constante, la nueva Babilonia
Zapopan Mexico .
2010
Cineseptiembre.
Mazatlán Mexico .
2009
4th Prague Biennale
Prague Czech Republic .
2009
4ta Bienal Nacional de Arte Visual Universitario
Toluca Mexico .
2009
Solar
Mexico City Mexico .
2008
The Age of Discrepancies.
Buenos Aires Argentina .
2008
Percepciones
Mexico City Mexico .
2008
Ambulante.
Mexico City Mexico .
2007
Patio y Jardín
Puebla Mexico .
2007
The Age of Discrepancies.
Mexico City Mexico .
2006
Esquiador en el fondo de un pozo
Mexico City Mexico .
2006
Singular e/o Plural
São Paulo Brazil .
2006
Videomuros
Cuernavaca Mexico .
2005
After the Act
Vienna Austria .
2005
Metropolis Mexica: Aspects De L’art Contemporain Au Mexique
Amiens France .
2005
Killing Me Softly
New York USA .
2003
Clouds beneath your window
Piacenza Italy .
2003
Cover Theory
Piacenza Italy .
2003
Elephant juice (Sexo entre amigos)
Mexico City Mexico .
2002
Gwangju Biennale
Gwangju Korea .
2002
ABC DF
Mexico City Mexico .
2002
Salón Bancomer
Mexico City Mexico .
2001
Lost In Space
New York USA .
2001
Mutations. La video mexicaine actuelle
Toulousse / Montpellier France .
2001
Ventanas
Madrid Spain .
2001
Metrópolis Mexica
Amiens France .
2001
Tirana Biennale 1
Tirana Albania .
2000
c/o La Ciudad
Ottawa Canada .
2000
Gabriel Orozco Invite À La Galerie Chantal Crousel La Galerie Kurimanzutto
Paris France .
2000
Five Continents and a City
Mexico City Mexico .
2000
Permanencia Voluntaria
Mexico City Mexico .
2000
Action Videos
New York USA .
2000
Creación en Movimiento
Mexico City Mexico .
2000
New Generation Video Art
Switzerland .
1999
Market Economy
Mexico City Mexico .
1999
It looks like rain.
Itinerant. England, Ireland, Holland, Mexico. .
1999
Paradise 8
New York USA .
1999
La sala del artista
Mexico City Mexico .
1999
Desmaterialización en raciones. Objetos de morfologías
Guanajuato Mexico .
1998
Cambio
Mexico City Mexico .
1998
Videos D´ Art Du Mexique Et Des Etats-Unis
Lyon France .
1997
Shopping
Mexico City Mexico .
1997
Cambio
New York USA .
1997
Mercurio, comunicación y dinero
Guadalajara Mexico .
1996
Arts Scenes
Paris France .
1996
Muestra de Arte y Cine Independiente
Ciudad de México México .
1995
La liga de la injusticia
Mexico City Mexico .
1995
UMAGUMA. Especies de indeterminación.
Guadalajara. Mexico. .
1994
Terror on the Roller Coaster
Mexico City Mexico .
1994
Jonge kunst uit México
Hasselt Belgium .
1994
Tongue
Mexico Mexico .
1994
Monochrome
Mexico City Mexico .
1994
Calm
Mexico City Mexico .
1993
Installations at Temístocles 44
Mexico City Mexico .
Grants
2006-2009, 2010-2013 and 2015-18
Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte. Discipline: Alternative media
FONCA
Mexico
2002
Artist in Residence
International Studio and Curatorial Program ISCP
New York
1998-99
Jóvenes Creadores. Discipline: Alternative media
FONCA
Mexico
1993
Fomento a Proyectos y Coinversiones Culturales Program, Project funding for: Temístocles 44, Mexico City.
CONACULTA
MEXICO