Tony Ortega was born in 1958 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He lives in Denver, Colorado where he is chair and associate professor of drawing and printmaking at Regis University. He holds MFA (1995) and BA (1980) degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder and regularly shows his work at galleries and museums in the United States, Latin America and other parts of the world. A selection of exhibitions includes Ecology, Universidad de San Carlos, Guatemala City, Guatemala (2009); Focus: The Figure, Denver Art Museum (2008 – 2010); and Axis: Reflexiones Chicanas, Museo de Arte de Medellin, Medellin, Columbia, 2006.
Ortega’s work is part of numerous private and public collections, among them the Denver Art Museum, Los Angeles County Art Museum, Museo del Barrio in New York City, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was the recipient of the prestigious Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts (1999), the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts (1998), and the AFKEY Award for Excellence in Art, Alliance for Contemporary Art of the Denver Art Museum (1991).