Luis Montoya-Leslie Ortiz

The partnership of Luis Montoya and Leslie Ortiz explores both the figure and common elements found in nature. Through their sculptural guidance and subtle changes in scale the viewer ponders what makes color and form a visual feast.

 

What makes the shell of a shrimp or an egg so compelling or why is a stuffed olive so rich in color and shape? Why is the incongruous pairing of a colossal pepper held by the figure of a seemingly fragile man straining under the weight of nature's abundance cause for contemplation? The answer lies in the exploration of the innate elegance of familiar forms.

 

Montoya and Ortiz were classically trained and educated in Europe. Their bronze sculptures, rich in the history and tradition of Magical Realism and Spanish Still-Life paintings, are an elemental part of the artist's heritage.

 

Whether presenting voluptuous fruit, cool forms from the sea, delicately prepared tapas or a vulnerable human figure, Montoya and Ortiz have dramatically changed visual perception. What was once mundane becomes magically sublime.

EDUCATION

 

Luis Montoya:
School of Fine Arts of San Fernando, Madrid, Spain, BFA, MFA
Castellblach Foundation Independent Study in Florence, London, New York
Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, Post-graduate studies in sculpture

 

Leslie Ortiz:

Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten

Boston University, School for the Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, BFA Magna Cum Laude in sculpture

 

 

AWARDS

 

Luis Montoya:
1991    33rd Annual Hortt Memorial Competition, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1986    28th Annual Hortt Memorial Competition, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
1976     James J. Akston Foundation Award
1971    Francisco Alcantra Award, Spain

 

Leslie Ortiz:

The F.C.Uriot Prize, Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, Holland
Awarded tuition and workshop fellowships, and The Laura Goldenberg Memorial Scholarship,
Boston University

 

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

 

Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero beach, FL
National Museum of Sculpture, Valladolid, Spain
Circle of Fine Arts, Madrid, Spain
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
The Society of Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL
Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Art, Racine, WI

Seven Bridges Foundation Inc., Greenwich, CT
 

 

SPECIAL COMMISSIONS

 

2013    Sculpture of Govenor William Dummer for the campus of The Govenor’s Academy, MA​
2008    Society of the Four Arts
2006    The Muse Award, Palm Beach County Cultural Council
1999    The Society of Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL
1994    Palm Beach International Airport, West Palm Beach, FL
1994    Esperante Building, West Palm Beach, FL
1993    Tokyo/Fuji Art Museum Tokyo, Japan
1991    Sofia University, Tokyo, Japan
1990    Forest Ridge, Fort Lauderdale, FL
1989    Phillips Point, West Palm Beach, FL

 


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2016    Culinary Adventures, John H. Surovek Gallery, Palm Beach, FL

2014    Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA

2013    Anne Reed Gallery

2012    John Surovek Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida

2010    Food for Thought, Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, FL

2008    Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL

2007    Caldwell Snyder,St. Helena, CA

2007    Habatat Galleries, Tyson’s Corner, VA

2006    Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL

2006    Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL

2005    Caldwell Snyder, San Francisco, CA

2005    Eaton Fine Art, West Palm Beach, FL

2004    Edgewood Orchard Gallery, Fish Creek, WI

2004    Hawk Gallery, Columbus, OH

2004    Caldwell Snyder, San Francisco, CA

2004    Gerald Peters Fine Art, Dallas, TX

2003    Hooks-Epstein Galleries, Houston, TX

2003    Ameringer & Yohe Fine Art, Boca Raton, FL

2002    Pillsbury Peters Fine Art, Dallas, TX

2001    Caldwell Snyder, San Francisco, CA

2001    Ivo Bouman Kunsthandel b.v., The Hague, The Netherlands

2001    Galerie Guillon-Lafaille, Paris, France

2001    Theo Waddington Gallery, London,England

2001    Gallery Henoch, New York, NY

2001    Waddington & Tribby, Boca Raton, FL

2000    Galeria Acquavella, Caracas, Venezuela

2000    Caldwell Snyder, San Francisco, CA

2000    Buschlen Mowatt , Vancouver, BC

1999    Ivo Bouman Kunsthandel b.v., THe Hague, The Netherlands

1999    Galerie Guillon-Lafaille, Paris, France

1999    Solomon Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

1999    Theo Waddington Gallery, London, England

1999    Edgewood Orchard Gallery, Fish Creek, WI

1999    Henoch Gallery, New York, NY

1999    Corbino Gallery, Sarasota, FL

1999    Kristy Stubbs Gallery, Dallas, TX

1999    Riley Hawk Galleries, Columbus, OH

1999    Elaine Baker Gallery, Boca Raton, FL

1998    Corbino Gallery, Sarasota, FL

1998    Arij Gasiunasen Gallery, Palm Beach, FL

1998    Buschlen Mowatt, Vancouver, BC

1998    Albertson-Peterson Gallery, Winter Park, FL

1998    Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC

1998    Gallery Henoch, New York, NY

1998    Edgewood Orchard Gallery, Fish Creek, WI

1997    Freites-Revilla Gallery, Boca Raton, FL

1997    Imago Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

1996    Buschlen-Mowatt, Vancouver, Colombia

1996    Brinkerhoff & Co. Fine Art, Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples, FL

1996    Ron Hall Gallery, Dallas, TX

1996    Gallery Henoch, New York, NY

1996    Freites-Revilla Gallery, Boca Raton, FL

1994    Russeck/O'Hara Gallery, Palm Beach, FL

1993    Freites-Revilla Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida

1993    The Bird Museum, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL

1991    Retrospective, Cultural Center, Stuart, FL

1990    Eastbourne Clark Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL

1985    Palm Beach Community College, Lake Worth, FL

1984    Galleria Novita, Miami, FL

1982    Gallery VII, Boca Raton, FL

1979    Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL

1979    Galeria Bryna, Palm Beach, FL

1978    Galeria Altex, Madrid, Spain

1977    Galeria Frontera, Madrid, Spain

1976    Gloria Luria, Miami , FL



 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION

 

2016    Duets, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

2016    Culinary Arts, Hawk Galleries, Columbus, OH

2016    Edgewood Orchard Galleries, Fish Creek, WI

2014    Summer Salon Show, Rarity Gallery, Mykonos, Greece

2013    Morrison Gallery, Kent, CT

2013    “Objects of Desire”, Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2013    Galeria Alfama, Madrid, Spain

2012    LA Art Show, LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA

2012    Edgewood Orchard Galleries, Fish Creek, Wisconsin

2011    US Artists, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2010    Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show, Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach, FL

2010    American International Fine Art Show, Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach, FL

2009    Galerie Anne-Moerchen, Hamburg, Germany

2009    Art Miami, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2008    Rosenbaum Contemporary, Boca Raton, FL

2008    Rarity Gallery, Mykonos, Greece

2008    Gallery Henoch, New York, NY
2008    “The Secret Garden” at Iveagh Gardens, Solomon Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2008    Juan Amiano Galeria de Arte, Pamplona, Spain
2007    Gallery Henoch, New York, NY
2006    40 Years: A Dealer’s Collection, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY
2005    Gallery Henoch, New York, NY
2004    Galerie Guillon-Laffaille, Paris, France
2004    Gallery Henoch, New York, NY
2003    SOFA Chicago, Hawk Gallery, Columbus , OH
2003    San Francisco Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder, San Francisco, CA
2003    ARTPalm Beach, Ameringer & Yohe Fine Art, Boca Raton, FL
2002    Art of the 20th Century, New York, NY
2002    San Francisco Art Fair, Caldwell Snyder, San Francisco, CA
2002    ARTChicago, Waddington & Tribby, Boca Raton, FL
2002    ARTPalm Beach, Waddington & Tribby, Boca Raton, FL

2002    ARTMiami, Waddinton & Tribby, Boca Raton, FL
2001    ARTPalm Beach, Waddington & Tribby, Boca Raton, FL
2001    F IA, Caracas, Venezuela, Galeria Acquavella, Caracas, Venezuela
2001    ARCO, Madrid, Spain, Galeria Acquavella, Caracas, Venezuela
2001    ARTChicago, Waddington & Tribby, Boca Raton, FL
2001    ARTMiami, Waddington & Tribby, Boca Raton, FL
2001    ARTPalm Beach, Waddington & Tribby, Boca Raton, FL
2000    Toronto Art Fair, Buschlen Mowatt, Vancouver, BC
2000    Cologne, Germany Art Fair, Ivo Bouman Kunsthandel b.v., The Hague, The Netherlands 2000 Dallas Art Fair, Arij Gasiunasen, Palm Beach, FL
2000    San Francisco Art Fair, Waddington & Tribby, Boca Raton, FL
2000    Brussels Art Fair, Ivo Bouman Kunsthandel b.v., The Hague, The Netherlands
2000    ARTChicago, Theo Waddington, London & Boca Raton, FL
2000    ARTPalm Beach, Theo Waddington, London & Boca Raton, FL
2000    ARTPalm Beach, Arij Gasiunasen, Palm Beach, FL
2000    Los Angeles Art Fair, Arij Gasiunasen, Palm Beach, FL
2000    ARTMiami, Theo Waddington, London & Boca Raton, FL
1999    Still Life : Rembrandt to the Millenium, The Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM

1999    To Nourish and Nuture, University of Minnesota Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN
1999    FIA, Caracas , Venezuela, represented by Galeria Acquavella
1999    ARTCHICAGO, represented by Theo Waddington, London, England
1999    ARTMIAMI, represented by Theo Waddington, London, England
1999    SOFA New York, represented by Riley Hawk Galleries, Cleveland, OH
1998    Jerald Melberg Galleries, Charleston, SC
1998    SOFA Chicago, represented by Portals Gallery, Chicago, IL
1998    Art Chicago, represented by Theo Waddington, London, England
1998    Vancouver Art Fair, represented by Buschlen Mowatt, Vancouver, BC
1998    Palm Beach Contemporary Art Fair, Theo Waddington Gallery, London, England
1998    USArtists, Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts, represented by Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1997    USArtists, Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts, represented by Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
1997    Cerillos Cultural Center, Cerillos, NM
1997    USArtists, Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts, represented by Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC
1997    Washington DC Art Expo, Represented by Buschlen Mowatt, Vancouver, BC
1997    Singapore International Art Fair, represented by Buschlen Mowatt, Vancouver, BC

1997    Fiive Sculptors, Buschlen Mowatt, Vancouver, BC
1997    SOFA, Chicago, represented by Portals Gallery, Chicago, IL
1997    Singapore International Fine Arts Fair, represented by Buschlen Mowatt
1996    Corbino Gallery, Sarasota, FL

1996    Seattle Art Fair, Buschlen Mowatt , Vancouver, BC

1996    Lizan-Topps Gallery, Southampton, NY

1996    SOFA, Portals Gallery, Chicago, IL

1996    Ron Hall Gallery, Architectural Arts 1st Annual Sculptural Exhibition, Dallas, TX

1996    Ron Hall Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1996    Cerrillos Cultural Center, Cerrillos, NM

1996    Imago Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

1996    O'Hara Gallery, New York, NY

1995    FIA International, Caracas, Venezuela

1995    Freites -Revilla Gallery, Boca Raton, FL

1994 -1996 Freites-Revilla Gallery, Art Miami, Miami, FL

1994    Ron Hall Gallery, Art Chicago, Chicago, IL

1990    Florida Artist's Series #12, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL

1980    Bienalle de Paris, Paris, France

1976    Florida Sculptors, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Miami, FL

1975    Huntington Hartford Museum, New York City Cultural Center

1974    Invitational Sculpture Competition, Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL

1972    International Biennale de Ibiza, Ibiza, Spain



 

 

"Glimpsing a familiar object from an unfamiliar angle and focusing on a detail allows us to draw the viewer’s attention. Observing common things from a fresh perspective allows the viewer to perceive an object anew and appreciate its simplicity and elegance of form."

Luis Montoya - Leslie Ortiz

 

 

"Dineer for Two ", patinated bronze, 40 x 107 x 44 cm

 "Tomatoes on Chopping Board", patinated bronze,  57 x 60 x 30 cm