Jose Luis Ortiz Tellez

Jose Luis Ortiz Tellez was born in downtown México City in 1945, to a well-off family.
Education: At age 15 Ortiz studied art at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas, formerly known as Real Academia de San Carlos, the same school attended by the muralists Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Ortiz Tellez also attended the Escuela Técnica de Publicidad at the National Advertising Association; and the Artist Community of Molino de Santo Domingo with Master Printmaker Mauricio Lasansky. As Rivera and other Mexican artists before him, Ortiz traveled around the world. His dual career as an educator and professional graphic designer as well artist led him to Ecuador, Colombia, and Spain and throughout the United States. It was in the latter where the young artist fell in love with the vibrant streets of New York City. Manhattan captured Ortiz’s imagination and became the place he has called home for over 36 years.
In New York, he attended the Art Students League with Master Printmaker Michael Ponce de Leon, Printmaking Workshop with Master Printmaker Robert Blackburn, Pratt Graphics Center in Manhattan with Michael Ponce de Leon; Russell Papermaking Studio, and the School of Visual Arts, where he became an educator in 1988 for over 20 year, and Chair of the Spanish Art Students Program. In 2008 he organized a new series of digital and design courses, taught entirely in Spanish called "¿Hablas Diseño?" (Do you speak Design?), as an expansion of the SVA continuing education program.
Ortiz’s work is a visual explosion of color in abstract and figurative forms, all beautifully choreographed with psychological and primitive overtones. His work is contemporary yet firmly rooted in tradition.
Professional Experience: Early on his career he worked as graphic designer on the graphic program for the 19th México Olympic Games 1968 Mexico Olympics ; along with Lance Wyman he work as art director, and designer for the Soccer World Cup graphic program 1970 World Cup, in Mexico; later creative associate & art director for Ogilvy & Mather, 1974-75 Mexico, advertising agency; and in the development of a new program for the bachelor degree in Graphic Communication at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas, 1971-76 Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.
Invitations to lecture and teach mini courses have brought him around the globe to México, Spain, Colombia and Ecuador.

Faculty: He has also been a visiting professor, lecturer and jury at several national and international institutions; —School of Visual Arts; —Fashion Institute of Technology; —Parsons School of Design; —Pratt Institute all in New York; and -Baruch College; Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas; -Anahuac University; -Universidad del Valle de Mexico; -Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana; -Facultad de la Habitat; and -Gestal University, all in Mexico; -Jefferson College, Guayaquil Ecuador,
Selected Exhibitions: He has participated in more the 60 selected exhibitions in the United States, South America, Canada, and México, including:
-Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art (MOCHA);
-Pratt Faculty exhibition, Galeria Gravura Brasileira, and Centro Universitario Belas Artes de São Paulo, Brazil;
-Rubelle and Norman Schafler Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY;
-Gallery of the Mexican Consulate, NYC;
-Mexican Embassy in Washington, DC;
-Scott Allen Gallery, NY; -Graphics Art Biennial, San Juan, Puerto Rico;
-New York University, NY; -Ministre of Cultural Affairs of Quebec, Canada;
-Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas, Mexico;
-Altos de Chavón, La Romana, Parsons School of Design, Dominican Republic;
-1199 Gallery, NYC; -Possessions 2, School of Visual Arts Gallery, NYC;
- Prints USA, Pratt Graphics Center, exhibition in fifteen cities, galleries, and colleges around United States;
-Nassua County Museum of Art, Long Island, NYC;
-Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Galeria Artis, México; and
-Boricua College, Bronx, NY; -Prints and Cast Paper Casa Mezcal: Casa de Los Amantes, New York City.

Awards: -Presidential Design Awards by the Design Art Programs of the National Endowment for the Arts; -AIGA American Institute of Graphics Arts, Award; -Desi Awards of excellence from Graphic Design US; -Art Direction Creativity certificate of distinction; Art Directors Club; -Second International Biennial of the poster en Mexico; -Teponaztli de la Comunicación, Mexico.

Collections Include: Library of Congress, Washington, DC; -School of Visual Arts Foundation, NY; -Museo San Carlos, UNAM, Mexico; -Art Directors Club, ADC NY; Canal 41, NY, and -Several Private Collections.
Judge: -Sixth Annual International Competition of The New Yok Art Directors Club, ADC NY: Judge, Poster Designer, and Chairman. -The Association Blind, Inc, Logo Judging Committee, New York City. -American Forest & Paper Association, The Cotton Project Logo Design Competition, New York City. -American Graphic Design Awards, Graphic Design: USA Judging Panel.

Contributing editor, writer and
art director:
-Aguila ó Sol, Newspaper for the
Mexican community in New York:
Sub Director, Co-Editor, Writer,
Graphic Designer, 1993 - 1994.
-A! Diseño, Magazine for Graphic
Design, Mexico 1993 and 2005.
-Ludica, Magazine for Art and
Design Culture, Mexico and South
America, 2001.
-Article for School of Visual Arts
in Ludica Magazine, Mexico,
-Revista Pie Derecho; Design
Consultant, Writer, NYC,
2008 - 2012.
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