Houston News : Artist Cruz Ortiz made a name for himself in San Antonio. Now he’s returning home to Houston

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Artist Cruz Ortiz talks about his most recent work during the La Carpa art exhibit during the King William Fair on Saturday, Apr. 26, 2014. (Kin Man Hui/San Antonio Express-News)

Artist Cruz Ortiz talks about his most recent work during the La Carpa art exhibit during the King William Fair on Saturday, Apr. 26, 2014. (Kin Man Hui/San Antonio Express-News)

Photo: Kin Man Hui, San Antonio Express-News

Photo: Kin Man Hui, San Antonio Express-News

Artist Cruz Ortiz talks about his most recent work during the La Carpa art exhibit during the King William Fair on Saturday, Apr. 26, 2014. (Kin Man Hui/San Antonio Express-News)

Artist Cruz Ortiz talks about his most recent work during the La Carpa art exhibit during the King William Fair on Saturday, Apr. 26, 2014. (Kin Man Hui/San Antonio Express-News)

Photo: Kin Man Hui, San Antonio Express-News

Artist Cruz Ortiz made a name for himself in San Antonio. Now he’s returning home to Houston

A well-known San Antonio husband and wife team of artists, whose work received national attention for representing the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and  Julián Castro, are relocating to Houston, the pair said in a news release.

Artist Cruz Ortiz and his wife Olivia Flores Ortiz, who own the Burnt Nopal creative studio, said the move from San Antonio to Houston was something “we’ve been thinking about for a long time.”

“It wasn’t an easy decision,” said 47-year-old Cruz Ortiz, whose hometown is Houston, in a news release. “We love San Antonio and have spent years helping build and support the contemporary art community here. But we are thrilled to make Houston our home and I look forward to becoming part of the city’s vibrant contemporary art scene.”

FULL STORY: Artist Cruz Ortiz is leaving San Antonio

The couple had considered other cities, such as Los Angeles, Mexico City, El Paso, Marfa and New York before they settled on the Space City. A lot of the decision came down to staying in the Lone Star State.

“I’m a Texas artist, and while there are unique opportunities in each city we looked at, Houston won us over,” Cruz Ortiz said.

In 2017, Cruz Ortiz was named on the “Top 10 Texas Artists to Add to Your Collection” by Texas Monthly. He describes himself as a “lover and a fighter” and says he sees his work as “romantic resistance.”

Cruz has worked on political pieces for the presidential campaigns of Obama, Clinton and Castro, according to the San Antonio Express-News. 

Michelle Iracheta is a reporter in Houston. Read her on our breaking news site, Chron.com, and on our subscriber site, houstonchronicle.com. | [email protected]



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