Virgil Ortiz is one of the most avant-garde artists of his time. Through his exploration with clay and various media–graphics, fashion, film and video–Virgil fuses historic events with sci-fi and fantasy, yielding imagery that is both provocative and futuristic. He exhibits in museum collections around the world. His work centers on preserving traditional Cochiti culture and art forms.
Virgil's Upcoming Workshops
Open to All
Students of any skill and knowledge level.
Jun 6 - 17, 2022
Virgil Ortiz: The Future is History
Historical events like the 1680 Pueblo Revolt may not immediately spring to mind when you think of science fiction, but blending age-old traditional methods with contemporary clay techniques traverses into the future. Using visual storytelling, students learn about the central cast of characters from Ortiz's screenplay Revolt 1680/2180 and how they shape the fantastical world he's creating with clay and multimedia art. Using a unique coil and scrape building process and carving methods, participants examine, explore and build a mid-sized scale bust. Students also create a personal rendition and interpretation of Virgil Ortiz's latest character to be revealed and exhibited at Vladem Contemporary Museum, Fall 2022.