Lorelle and Kristiana, oil on Canvas, 30 x 40 inches, 2022

This week we welcome Natalie Jauregui Ortiz, a Mexican-American artist from the Bay Area, California, who now paints from her studio in East Williamsburg, New York City.

Dad and his Favorite People, oil on canvas with grommets, 13 x 17″, 2022

Jauregui Ortiz paints stories of friends and herself as she explores telling stories of underrepresented communities. Reflecting on her experiences as a mixed-generation Mexican-American raised in Northern California and living in NYC, Ortiz investigates themes of intimacy and belonging, isolation and otherness.

D.G.H.W.M, oil on canvas, 25 x 28 inches, 2019-20

Her current work focuses on capturing specific moments, oscillating between tight lines with swift movement in glossy, paint-heavy pieces.

Sasha, oil on panel, 6 x 6 inches, 2023

She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her exhibitions include New Art Dealers Alliance, New York; ABC No Rio at ChaShaMa Gallery, New York; Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven, Connecticut; Ice Cream Social, Port Chester, New York; Glass Gallery at Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, New Jersey;  Southern Exposure, San Francisco; and the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, California. Her residencies include Arts, Letters and Numbers in Averill Park, New York, and the New York Academy of Art. She works closely with Art in Odd Places.

A Room in Portland, oil on canvas, 12 x 16 inches, 2021

See more of Jauregui Ortiz’s work on her website and Instagram.

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