Cruz Ortiz

Texas Legends

“Most of my work communicates within a romantic structure. Voices within some of the works convey a desire for the ‘one we love’ who is unreachable, other works might present the sincerity of truth in a pleinair painting, a live portrait painting, or a still-life. It is within these truths and narratives, using the application of paint onto surfaces, that I want to build my works into the beauty of a romantic resistance.

I am a lover and a fighter. Painting brings me in– like being in love. As I engage these surfaces, there is a constant exchange between reality and the reflection of that reality. Painting is real, and in these times it is becoming more important to fall into something that I can count on, a true love.

I am a DREAMER and it is something that has been part of my existence for generations. When I make work I have a deep understanding for my place in time. I understand what it means to be part of a society that was created by conquest, conversions, and ‘illusions of inclusion’. And as I jump in and out of boxes I realize this as process or the journey. Only the journey never really ends. So then as I create works they are presented as moments in time, or moments with this vision quest. Each work is a translation of a narrative that I want to place in our timeline.”

Cruz Ortiz
Anael De Honduras, 2018

oil on canvas

32 x 26 inches

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Bernie and Joe at the Mariachi Bar, 2020

oil on canvas

44 x 36 inches

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Colonel Robles de Xochipala, 2020

oil on canvas

30 x 24 inches

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Corky in a Huisache Tree Dream, 2020

oil on canvas

42 x 36 inches

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Dusty Cowboy, 2020

oil on canvas

16 x 12 inches

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el alejandro diaz, 2019

oil on canvas

50 x 40 inches

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golden hour cowboy, 2020

oil on canvas

16 x 14 inches

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Joe, Karina y Olivia at a mezcal bar at Whistler's in Pinche Austin, 2020

oil on canvas

32 x 26 inches

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Juan Cortina in a Tejano Sun Dream, 2020

oil on canvas

16 x 14 inches

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La Jennifer Falcon, 2020

oil on canvas

41 3/4 x 36 inches

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La Leslie Moody Castro, 2017

oil on canvas

48 x 36 inches

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La Morena Planta, 2017

oil on canvas

24 x 18 inches

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Mission San Jose gate con golden hour, 2020

oil on canvas

26 x 32 inches

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Olivia in a green dress during the pandemic, dress by Angelina Mata, 2020

oil on canvas

84 x 48 inches

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Olivia in a Sun Dream Talkin' to Kristin, 2020

oil on canvas

16 x 14 inches

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Olivia on the first day of Fiesta, 2020

oil on canvas

36 x 32 inches

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Olivia on the phone with Freddy + John White done on Instagram Live, 2020

oil on canvas

32 x 26 inches

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Pato Planta, 2019

oil on canvas

16 x 12 inches

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Planta during quarantine + revolution, 2020

oil on canvas

16 x 14 inches

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Self Portrait in Terlingua, 2020

oil on canvas

28 x 20 inches

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Selfie by the espada damn listening to the river while the world melts, 2020

oil on canvas

36 x 32 inches

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Terlingua morning, 2020

oil on canvas

18 x 24 inches

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The arrest of Patsy Tijerina, 2020

oil on canvas

42 x 36 inches

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Yanaguana Grass Dream, 2019

oil on canvas

24 x 18 inches