José Ortega

Birthdate: N/A

Birthplace: Ecuador

Based location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

Social profiles 

José Ortega artist website 

José Ortega profile LACAP advisory board profile  

José Ortega profile Salsa in Toronto Festival Speaker Series, 2021


José Ortega (born 1965, Guayaquil, Ecuador) 

José Ortega is an Ecuadorian visual artist and business owner based in Toronto. José holds a bachelor of fine arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City (1988). In 1997, he immigrated to Toronto, and in 2002 he became the co-founder and artistic director of Lula Lounge, dedicated to hosting concerts, music sessions, and music jams of Latin American music and Latin jazz. His career has been informed by his active involvement in multidisciplinary platforms in Toronto. He is on the advisory board of Latin American-Canadian Art Projects (LACAP) and has hosted art events at Lula Lounge. He is the recipient of the 2010 Roy Thomson Hall Award of Recognition for his creative endeavours for the Latin American-Canadian community in Toronto through Lula Lounge. 

José Ortega’s studio work is based on designing, painting, and collages made digitally, on paper, and in murals. José uses vibrant colours and patterns to illustrate different thematics mixed with texts and images from newspaper and magazine cutouts into one ensemble. He has showcased in solo exhibitions thinkin’ one thing doing another at INDEXG Gallery Shop, Toronto (2012). José’s work has also been part of the collective exhibitions Ciclo with Marcelo Suaznabar at Sheldon Rose Gallery (2018), Nuit Blanche Toronto (2013), and the 2013 Art Toronto fair. Ortega’s designs have been commissioned by Absolut Vodka, Apple Computers, and MTV, among others.

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Image from Art Toronto.CA, José Ortega, Google Images 2023

Solo exhibitions

José Ortega press release solo exhibition, Indexg Gallery, Toronto, 2012

Collective exhibitions

José Ortega participants list collective exhibition La Magia Latin American, Living Arts Centre Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario 2018


José Ortega interview by Georgie Binks, 2012


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Published work by José Ortega

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Published work about José Ortega

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Press release

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List of Grants, Awards and Projects

José Ortega project 1473 Dundas West mural photographs, Toronto, 2019   

José Ortega project 1473 Dundas West mural photographs, Toronto, 2019 

José Ortega project Dundas West mural photograph, MASA, Toronto, 2018   

José Ortega press release recipient list Roy Thomson Hall Award of Recognition, 2010

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