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Raíces y ramas | Roots and Branches

Tony Ortega’s artwork celebrates identity and tradition to form a bridge between cultures in Mexico and the United States.

Jan. 17 - Feb. 28, 2021

Freyer – Newman Center

Raíces y ramas explores the Chicano experience in U.S. culture, highlighting the role of place and landscape in connecting community. Inspired by his journeys across languages, cultures and ideologies, Ortega’s work combines expressionist colors with urban and rural environments of the U.S. 


About the Artist

Ortega holds an MFA in drawing and painting from the University of Colorado and is currently a professor at Regis University. He is the recipient of the Colorado Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts and the Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. His artwork can be found in the collections of museums including the Denver Art Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum, and his works have been exhibited throughout the U.S., Latin America and other parts of the world.  


This exhibition is organized in collaboration with William Havu Gallery, Denver. 



In the News

The Denver Post, Jan. 31, 2021
Tony Ortega brings color, and a sense of community, to Denver Botanic Gardens’ new galleries


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