Renzo Ortega began his artistic career in the art and underground music scene of his native Lima, Perú. Later he emigrated to the United States, he lived and worked in New York for over sixteen years. In the Fall of 2016 Renzo relocated to Carrboro, NC. He received a BFA in painting from La Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes del Perú (1999), studied at the Art Students League of New York (2000-04), he is a visionary founder member and was the artistic director of Local Project, a not for profit art organization in Queens, New York and has his MFA in painting from Hunter College (2014). His artwork has been exhibited in solo and group shows in US, Perú, Austria and Chile. He participated in the S-Files Biennial (El Museo del Barrio, NY 2007) and Queens International Biennial (Queens Museum of Art 2006). In 2013, as a Kossak Travel Grant recipient, Ortega traveled to Berlin to study German Expressionism. His recent curatorial work and projects are “25 Bienal de Pintura Centroamerica y el Caribe” in Honduras, “Stamp manifest” at Gowanus Print Lab, “Deep Breath” exhibition at Local Project, “InQbate” Sound Artist Residency at the Queens Museum of Art and the series of artist talks “The Impossible Project” at Reverse Art Space.