Raúl Ortega Ayala

Raúl Ortega Ayala, from the Food for Thought series, Tomatina-Tim, 2010, two screen video installation

Raúl Ortega Ayala (1973) studied Painting at ‘La Esmeralda’ in Mexico City after which he traveled to the Glasgow School of Art for a Master in Fine Arts. He then moved to London, where he worked for five years on various research projects. During his masters degree, he moved away from painting and veered his practice towards Anthropology and began working with the ethnographic method of ‘participant observation.’ Since then, he has purposefully immersed himself for periods of one or two years in various different contexts such as the office world, food and gardening, resulting in three different series titled: Bureaucratic Sonata, An Ethnography on Gardening, and Food for Thought. He is currently exploring other methodologies used in History and Archaeology for an ongoing series ‘From the Pit of Etc.’ devoted to the concept of absence, trace, and iconoclasm. Ortega Ayala is currently living and working in Wellington, New Zealand.

Recent group exhibitions include ‘Stirring the Pot of Story’ at the Delfina Foundation in London, ‘Silent Light’ at Dürst Britt & Mayhew, ‘True Story’ at Proyectos Monclova in Mexico City and ‘Yes Naturally’ at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag in The Hague. Solo exhibitions include ‘Living Remains’ at Stroom Den Haag and ‘Melting Pots’ at Rokeby Gallery in London. Work by Ortega Ayala is held in private and public collections, including the David Roberts Art Foundation, the AkzoNobel Art Foundation and the VandenBroek Foundation.


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