La Marcha de los Desvalidos
This artwork illustrates the changing environment in the United States. The border is no longer just at El Paso, Juarez, San Diego or Tijuana. The border is here in Denver; it is in Los Angeles and in Phoenix. The border either expands or is shot full of holes. Cultures and languages mutually invade and affect one another. In the postmodern age, his visual language speaks to the issue of international migration, focuses on shifting demographics, draws from pop culture by using existing community posters and seeks to present truth at a more local, personal level.
Tony Ortega was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico and grew up between his birthplace and Denver, Colorado. He received a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1995 and is currently an assistant professor of fine art at Regis University. His work is about presenting the Latino experience through individual slices of life of the community, family and many other sectors of present-day society, both urban and rural. Each artwork is only part of the total picture, the Latino experience: not as an isolated phenomenon but as an active, integral part of American society.
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