Quique Ortiz holds a degree in Fine Arts from the UPV/EHU and a Master’s degree in Artistic Production and Research from the University of Barcelona UB. He currently lives and works in Santander where he is constantly training through activities, courses and grants related to artistic development, research and production.
In his artistic project he uses painting and drawing under a realistic figurative treatment, oriented to create images of environments and intimate atmospheres, mostly nocturnal and dark scenes full of mystery, in which the blackest darkness is broken by a light, which provide him with a way of expressing himself through the use of the technique. Sometimes more vague, sometimes more intense forms are seen in the darkness in different attitudes, forming a language that we can sometimes relate to photography through the use of light, the choice of framing and composition. These disturbing and ambiguous scenes are always sustained by his own characteristic technique, in which paint and surface play, brushstroke by brushstroke, creating works that are spontaneous in appearance, but agile and very careful. On the other hand, the very material fact of the support, the treatment of the paint, the palette and the material give character, expressiveness and strength to his work.
Sensitive to what surrounds him, he tries to objectify and, in a way, to make his own, under his own gaze, fragments and images from popular culture, in an attempt to highlight a certain disagreement or criticism with the future of society and to create through art an exercise of free capacity to act. In his work, he speaks of struggle, of strength, of retained rage and, through this, he seeks to make the spectator question certain questions and to generate other readings of what is happening in the image, to generate certain debates, a tension or discomfort; it is not, therefore, a “friendly” work, it has something violent about it, insofar as each of his works can be understood as an act against the natural way of proceeding.
Quique Ortiz appropriates and makes his own archive images, images collected from the Internet, magazines and articles, mostly of a low graphic quality, which gives him greater freedom of experimentation, helping him to go beyond the referent, and, through the creative process of painting and drawing, gives them his own and collective character through his method of artistic work, resulting not only in new readings that those original images addressed, but also constructing the image itself. Painting does not serve to produce the image, but rather it is the image that serves us to produce painting.