Parker Arts | Art Gallery Exhibits

Exploring Artistic Influences for Latinos in the Southwest

Featuring the work of Tony Ortega, Lorenzo Chavez and Jerry Virgil 
PACE Center Art Gallery
July 1 - August 30, 2017
Artist Reception & Demos: August 11 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM

BACK TO MY ROOTS is a survey of recent works by mixed media artist Tony Ortega, oil and pastelist Lorenzo Chavez, and Santero Jerry Vigil. Each artist lives and works in Colorado, and brings their unique voice, through their art, to the idea of growing up Latino in the West and how this perspective has influenced his own work.  "As a Chicano artist,” said Tony Ortega, “my identity and culture are integral in my art.  My background allows me to interweave, juxtapose, and overlap unlikely images from American, Mexican and Chicano popular cultures that include icons, symbols, history, humor and the contemporary world to foster opportunities for the bending of meaning." 

More about Tony Ortega: Tony Ortega holds an MFA in drawing and painting from the University of Colorado and is currently an associate professor for Regis University. He is the recipient of the coveted Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts (1999) and the Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts (1998). He has been a working artist and teacher for the past 33 years and is known for his vibrant, colorful artwork. Ortega’s lifelong goal is to contribute to a better understanding of cultural diversity by addressing the culture, history and experiences of Chicanos/Latinos through his art. His work can be found in Denver Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum and the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center.  He has exhibited extensively in United States, Latin America and other parts of the world.


More about Lorenzo ChavezLorenzo graduated with honors from The Colorado Institute of Art in 1983. Lorenzo has participated in several national invitational and international group exhibitions over his 30-year career, and has won major awards including the Pastel Society of America in New York.  His work was chosen to represent PSA in the Butler Art Museum, Ohio, Pastel Society of Spain, Pastel Society of France, Artists of America Show in Denver, Rims to Ruins Exhibition, Plein Air Painters of America, Buffalo Bill Center for the West, Albuquerque Art Museum, Maynard Dixon Country, 100 Gold Medal Exhibition at The Pasadena Art Museum, Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, and a number of others.  Lorenzo is a signature member of the Plein Air Painters of America, Northwest Rendezvous of Art, and is a Signature Member of the California Art Club. www.lorenzochavez.comHe is also the first to serve at the Parker Arts' Artist-In-Residence. Learn more about the program here.


More about Jerry Vigil: Known as Denver’s “Dean of the Dead,” Jerry Vigil has exhibited nationally, held speaking engagements universities across Colorado, and has work in the permanent collections of major museums and cultural institutions in Colorado. Deeply admired for his dedication to the Chicano community, Vigil specializes in the Calaveras (Mexican skeletons and skulls), Muertos (Day of the Dead and altar iconography), and Santos (remembrance of saints). Vigil is considered an expert on the history and cultural significance of El Día de los Muertos. Vigil’s artworks range from papier-mâché and tattoos to sculpture, carving, and print work.