Bio: Hailing from Barranquitas, Puerto Rico and currently living in Houston, Ana Maria Ortiz (Ana Marietta) started painting on old wood pieces with tempera paint as a little girl in her dad’s wood shop in Barranquitas. Getting into the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez, she studied art and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. Known by the local art scene for her humanoid creatures, Ana paints and draws animals with exaggerated anthropomorphic features, creating sympathy for her iconoclastic subjects in a society of stereotypes with sensibility and dark humor. These noble beasts, that seem to look at us in silence, represent more than a design but a language that each must adapt to their own understanding.
Ana’s skills to create large-scale murals have been recognized in multiple cities for the subtle brush strokes and shading of hybrid creatures that bear her signature beaks and human-like eyes. Her street pieces reside around the world in London, Miami, Turin, Las Vegas, Hawaii and Kiev among many others. She has been exhibited in Mexico, London and at the prestigious Station Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston. She has also participated in many renowned Art events such as Life is Beautiful Las Vegas, Pow Wow Hawaii, Unexpected in Arkansas, Wynwood Miami, Artscape in Sweden, SXSW in Austin, Desvelarte in Spain, Saturce es Ley and Yaucromatic in Puerto Rico, Art United Us in Kiev, etc.
Statement: My work has been influenced by all possible scenarios where Nature suffers as a consequence of Human Kind, based on the believe that we are the Superior Kind. I paint creatures that remind the Human that Animals are powerful and noble but also open the door to what would happen if the roles were inverted. I use my years of study, laboratory work and practice on Zoology, Agronomy and Biology to create creatures with mixed animal phenotypes and functions. I like being able to create imaginary animals that can fly under the water or swim up in the air to provoke the viewer’s imagination. My creatures can be strange or intimidating, like predator animals that are prepared to attack but choose not to, they are mostly portrayed posing peacefully.
I come from a very small tropical Island. When I moved to the United States 8 years ago, I found myself in this gigantic, colorful but sometimes intimidating playground, full of opportunities and challenges. It’s been my mission in life to explore this and other countries, learn all I can learn from everyone and give all I can give to the people. I believe art should be accessible to the society who inspires it and nothing makes me happier than giving them pieces of my art that are also a collection of experiences. I am grateful for all the places my art has taken me to, places I never dreamed I would visit. I want to express my gratitude by making art with purpose. I want to inspire people all ages. I want to unify communities with art and make them feel proud of the place they come from.
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